Vocal Rising Stars: Spanish Gold

Vocal Rising Stars: Spanish Gold
Katonah, NY ~ February 16, 2011

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CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS PRESENTS

VOCAL RISING STARS: SPANISH GOLD
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011, 4:00 PM
IN THE ROSEN HOUSE MUSIC ROOM AT CARAMOOR

WHO:    Steven Blier, Artistic Director and piano | Michael Barrett, vocal coach and piano
Corinne Winters, soprano | Wallis Giunta, mezzo-soprano | Andrew Owens, tenor | Carlton Ford, baritone

WHEN:      Sunday, March 13, 2011, 4:00 PM

WHERE:      Rosen House Music Room at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

PROGRAM:     Songs by SOR, GOMIS, NIN, GURIDI, GRANADOS, MONTSALVATGE, LAVILLA, TOLDRÁ, MOMPOU, LUNA, SOROZÁBAL, CABALLERO, and YRADIER

TICKETS:    Individual tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914.232.1252, or visit www.caramoor.org

PRESS TICKETS:     Whitney Holden, 917.339.7188, wholden@cohndutcher.com

KATONAH, NEW YORK — On Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents the Vocal Rising Stars program in the Rosen House Music Room. Now in its third year, Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars, in collaboration with New York Festival of Song, continues its vital mentoring program devoted to shaping the next generation of vocal talent. The week-long residency culminates in three public performances of Spanish Gold—a program exploring the rich variety and distinctive rhythmic vitality of the often overlooked tradition of Spanish song. Young, emerging North American singers perform music by Sor, Gomis, Nin, Guridi, Granados, and many others, joined by Michael Barrett and Steven Blier at the piano. The concert program will be repeated in the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on March 15 and 17. Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars program is made possible by generous support from the Terrance W. Schwab Fund for Young Vocal Artists.

Caramoor Classics
A series of concerts in the Rosen House Music Room that presents artists participating in Caramoor’s mentoring programs: Rising Stars, Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence and Vocal Rising Stars. Local middle and high school students are invited to attend at no charge as a part of our Student Strings program. Caramoor Classicsare appropriate for families and will often include comments from the artists about the program. (Good music requires good listeners — these concerts are recommended for ages 8 and above.)

About the Vocal Rising Stars
The success of Caramoor’s Rising Stars mentoring program has inspired a new initiative known as the Vocal Rising Stars, a program presented in collaboration with the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), Steven Blier, Artistic Director. This initiative, launched as a pilot program in spring 2009, focuses on singing outside the realm of opera, including the song recital and vocal chamber music. Singers at the beginning professional level are invited to Caramoor for a week-long residency that offers intensive daily coaching, rehearsals and workshops with mentors. Last year’s residency culminated in a stupendous performance of The Sweetest Path: The Evolution of French Art Song at Caramoor, which was repeated to tremendous enthusiasm three days later at Merkin Hall in New York City.

The identification and development of young musical talent has long been central to Caramoor’s mission. This mentoring program, Vocal Rising Stars, has a specialized focus on providing singers with an opportunity to form collaborative partnerships with one another, the Caramoor staff, and the coach/accompanists, who also participate in the residency program. Caramoor believes that the work leading up to a performance is of equal if not greater importance than the concert itself and will have a lasting impact on the growth and development of young artists. This year’s Vocal Rising Stars program was underwritten through the generosity of the Terrance W. Schwab Fund for Young Vocal Artists.

Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett is Chief Executive and General Director of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where he is responsible for year-round administration and programming for the Caramoor International Music Festival each summer. In 2003, building on a career of twenty-five years of artistic programming and performing experience, Mr. Barrett assumed his position at Caramoor, where he leads the artistic mission of the organization. In the last four seasons, Mr. Barrett has reaffirmed his reputation as an innovator. He has enhanced and implemented programming for a wide variety of ambitious music rarely heard in a festival setting. In 1988, he and Steven Blier co-founded the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), which presents a diversity of thematic song recitals in New York City and beyond, and in 1992, Mr. Barrett co-founded the Moab Music Festival (MMF) with his wife, violist Leslie Tomkins. Mr. Barrett has been a guest conductor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de France, among others. He also has served as conductor, producer, and music director of numerous special projects, among them the world premiere ofVolpone by John Musto at Wolf Trap in 2004; Hopper’s Wife by Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie at the Long Beach Opera; and, most recently, Lucrezia and Bastianello, a double bill of one-act comic operas by William Bolcom and John Musto at Carnegie Hall and Caramoor.

Steven Blier
Steven Blier enjoys an eminent career as a vocal coach and accompanist, having performed throughout North America and Europe including engagements at Carnegie Hall, La Scala in Milan, and a Live From Lincoln Centertelecast. Among the many artists he has partnered in recital are Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming, Samuel Ramey, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Wolfgang Holzmair, Susanne Mentzer, Sylvia McNair, José van Dam, and Arlene Augér. Mr. Blier is on the Juilliard School faculty, and has been active in encouraging young recitalists at summer programs including the Wolf Trap Opera Company and San Francisco Opera Center.

Blier has been working with Michael Barrett on the Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars program since its inception in 2009, and he was made Director in 2010. Mr. Blier also co-founded New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) in 1988 with Barrett, for which he has programmed, performed, translated, and annotated over 125 vocal recitals with repertoire spanning the entire range of American song, art song from Schubert to Szymanowski, and popular song from early vaudeville to Lennon-McCartney. NYFOS has also made in-depth explorations of music from Spain, Latin America, Scandinavia and Russia.

About Caramoor
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY – enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. For more information go to Caramoor.org or call (914) 232-5035.

Tickets: Individual tickets: $25.00. To purchase, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914.232.1252, or visit www.caramoor.org.

For Press Tickets: Contact Whitney Holden, Cohn Dutcher Associates | 917.339.7188 |mwholden@cohndutcher.com

PROGRAM

CARAMOOR VOCAL RISING STARS
SPANISH GOLD
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011, 4:00 P.M. | ROSEN HOUSE MUSIC ROOM AT CARAMOOR

Steven Blier, Artistic Director and piano
Michael Barrett, vocal coach and piano

EARLY 19th CENTURY SONGS AND TONADILLAS
Cuando de ti me aparto……………………………………………. Fernando Sor
Si la mar fuera de tinta……………………………………………… José Melchor Gomis
Sevillanas del siglo XVII…………………………………………… Trad., arr. Federico García Lorca
Mis descuidados ojos ……………………………………………… Fernando Sor

ART SONG, 20th CENTURY
Paño murciano…………………………………………………………………. Joaquín Nin
Mañanita de San Juan……………………………………………… Jesús Guridi
El majo olvidado…………………………………………………….. Enric Granados

MONTSALVATGE 
El lagarto está llorando…………………………………………….. Xavier Montsalvatge
Canço amorosa……………………………………………………… Xavier Montsalvatge
Madrigal sobre un tema popular………………………………….. Xavier Montsalvatge

BASQUE SONGS
Nik baditut…………………………………………………………… Trad. arr. Graciano Tarragó
Aldapeko Maria……………………………………………………… Felix Lavilla

– – intermission – –

SEPHARDIC SONGS
Ya salió de la mar la galana……………………………………….. Manuel García Morante, arr.
Lavava y suspirava…………………………………………………. Manuel García Morante, arr
Adío querida………………………………………………………….Manuel García Morante, arr

…TWO MORE CATALANS 

Canço de grumete………………………………………………….. Eduardo Toldrá
Maig………………………………………………………………….. Eduardo Toldrá
Damunt de tu només les flors …………………………………….. Federico Mompou

FROM THE SPANISH STAGE: ZARZUELA 
Paxarin, tú que vuelas……………………………………………… Pablo Luna
Zortziko………………………………………………………………. Jesús Guridi
¿Quién es usté?..……………………………………………………………… Pablo Sorozábal
Yo quiero a un hombre…………………………………………….. Manuel Fernandez Caballero

FINALE
La paloma…………………………………………………………….Sebastián Yradier

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.

This performance is made possible, in part,
by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government

This performance is made possible with public funds from
the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency

Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars program is made possible by generous support from the Terrance W. Schwab Fund for Young Vocal Artists.