Posts Tagged: recital

Liszt & Gormley, Gershwin & Degas, Rachmaninoff & Chagall

This summer’s Vocal Colors performance at The Phillips Collection (1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC, near 21st and Q Streets) will take place tomorrow night, June 28. Today, Wolf Trap employees were treated to our dress rehearsal held here at the Center for Education. Vocal Colors concerts are artist-driven, artist-programmed evenings, during which the performers

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It’s the Day of the Show, Y’all!

There’s a good number of show folk in my life who greet a performance day with the phrase above. Many days, I call up my Facebook feed and find someone with this wonderfully exuberant phrase as their status update. Yes, there are show days that are tough – fatigue, illness, nerves, other distractions. But much

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Move On

Tonight’s Vocal Colors concert at Wolf Trap (to be reprised Thursday evening at the Phillips Collection) felt like the soundtrack to this whole crazy, hectic and beautiful summer. Heartfelt Vaughan Williams, luscious Poulenc, cringeworthy Tom Lehrer, raw Mahler, and the perfect inspiration from – no surprise – Sondheim. Stop worrying where you’re going – Move

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Sing Me a Rainbow, Paint Me a Dream

Yesterday morning, five of our Studio Artists and one of our coaching fellows took their latest project to Children’s National Medical Center’s New Horizons Cultural Arts Program. They paired songs by Rossini, Copland, Wildhorn, Bareilles and others with original artwork by Children’s National patients. Sincere thanks to Claudia Rosenthal, Aleks Romano, Jason Lee, Stephen Pace,

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Aria Jukebox!

An audience of Wolf Trap donors, housing hosts, and frequent ticket-buyers made their own one-of-a-kind concert on Sunday. 52 songs were offered, 13 were chosen. (I was simultaneously stoked and terrified of playing Rachmaninoff’s “Spring Waters” in 5 flats, but I didn’t have to.) Curious about the playlist? Scroll down (past the picture of tenor

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Cezanne & Matisse, Meet Schubert & Sondheim

This afternoon’s Vocal Colors concert was a real treat. Beautiful modern art from The Phillips Collection paired with a most excellent range of songs. Jamie-Rose sang Wolf, Barber, Gordon and Strauss; Catherine gave us DuParc, Heggie, Sondheim and Williams (DAR:)); and Ed offered Finzi, Schubert and Faure. Oh, and Jeremy tore up the piano in

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08.01.10

10:18 am with Titania & Bottom in rehearsal “Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed, While I thy amiable cheeks do coy, And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head, And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.” 12:34 pm: Artist Transpo A quiet moment waiting at the Hilton, catching up on email

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Fusion: Vocal Colors

FUSION (noun):  a merging of diverse, distinct, or separate elements into a unified whole Etymology: from fusus, pp. of fundere “pour, melt” Thursday was all about melding music and visual art.  Melting the colors in the art until they became harmonies, words, and melodies.  Pouring the music back into the paintings until they became wholly

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The Song Recipe

The process of preparing an opera is largely additive. Learn the role inside-out, annotate and memorize.  Then show up for rehearsal.  Add blocking, props, costumes, sets, orchestra.  Amplify and enhance until the glorious whole is bigger than the sum of its many complicated parts. Present to an audience primed for being transported out and away

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