Concerts in the Village Presents “Songs with Friends”

At 2:00pm on Sunday, April 28th in Van Buren Hall, Kinderhook, Concerts in the Village (CITV) will welcome five outstanding singers from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program (Dawn Upshaw, Artistic Director), along with pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao. Music to be presented includes a bold variety of vocal chamber music, from early baroque to newly composed ensembles. Classic works by Schubert, Brahms, and Debussy are paired with eclectic discoveries from Luzzasco Luzzaschi (16th c. Italy), Albert Roussel (19th-20th c. France) and Caroline Shaw (21st century, United States). This fascinating offering represents the third concert underwritten by CITV’s Emerging Singer Fund.

Mezzo-soprano SarahAnn Duffy will be making her CITV debut. Recent appearances for Ms. Duffy have included works of Mozart and Monteverdi with dell-Arte Opera Ensemble, and the premiere of Theofanidis’ Cows of the Apollo with the Aspen Opera Theater Center. She has also appeared with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. This fall she becomes an Apprentice Artist at Palm Beach Opera.

Chinese-American mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce’s passion for music of all genres has resulted in performances throughout the world, including Austria, Great Britain, and the United States. This summer she will be a Vocal Fellow at the Music Academy of the West, performing in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. This will be Ms. Pierce’s second CITV appearance, following her well-received February debut in Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été.

Praised by the Boston Globe for “a rich voice that could go in a blink from speaking to soaring,” soprano Paulina Swierczek combines technical facility with a consuming passion for communication. She has been honored twice as a Tanglewood Fellow. This will be her third CITV appearance, following A 19th Century German Song Book and the Mozart Requiem in 2018. Other appearances include the Albany Symphony Orchestra and, for her international opera debut, performances in Mexico.

Baritone Brad Testerman, a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, is a singer who enjoys performing both as a soloist and in collaboration with colleagues. Appearances include Peabody Opera Theater, Baltimore Lyric Opera, and the Baltimore Symphony. In February Mr. Testerman performed Ravel’s song cycle Don Quichotte à Dulcinée with CITV’s Broad Street Orchestra.

Hailed for her “haunting, dulcet soprano tone,” South Korean soprano SeolAh Yoo is a singer with an extensive repertoire. Recent performances include Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass, Harbison’s Full Moon In March, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. This coming July 20th at PS21 in Chatham, Ms. Yoo will be the first soprano soloist in CITV’s offering of Bach’s Mass in B minor, with the Chatham Festival Chorus, Broad Street Orchestra and four other distinguished soloists.

2:00pm, Sunday, April 28th, Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9), Kinderhook. Reception follows. Contribution $20. Students and children free. Lift available to second floor.

For further information and reservations: www.concertsinthevillage.org, or 518-758-6869.

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