Holy Cross Music Department Announces Spring 2016 Concert Series

Performances to include soprano Rochelle Bard ’98, a Vietnam project performance, and Artist-in-Residence concert
January 26th, 2016 by 

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Jan Müller-Szeraws, artist-in-residence, performs during a First Tuesday Lunch Concert last year. Photo by: Tom Rettig

The College of the Holy Cross music department will kick off its spring concert schedule on Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. with a First Tuesday Lunch Concert performance by Jan Müller-Szeraws, artist in residence (cello), in the Brooks Concert Hall. Performances this spring include an artists-in-residence concert; a Vietnam project performance; the senior recital of Adam Ouellet ’16, tenor; and a performance by critically acclaimed soprano Rochelle Bard ’98.

The Artists-in-Residence concert on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall will showcase Saul Britrán, violin, Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello, Adam Golka, piano, and associate professor of music Chris Arrell, composer, features the world premiere of Arrell’s “Breathless,” which has been described as a swirling kaleidoscope of melody and color. Beloved 18th and 19th century classics will also be performed in collaboration with the music department’s Brook scholars, Ouellet, Christopher Goessling ’18, Teresa Murphy ’19, and Ana Dulskiy ’19.

“Questions for the Moon,” a multi-media song cycle, is a collaboration between composer Shirish Korde, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the music department, and Karen Turner, professor of history. It will be presented Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Concert Hall. Inspired by stories of the many North Vietnamese women who answered Ho Chi Minh’s call in 1965 for youth volunteers to fight American forces, this music-theater work is a mediation on the boundaries crossed and the potent forces unleashed in wartime.

Video projections for this production are based on archival footage from Karen Turner’s documentary film “Hidden Warriors,” and designed especially for this production by internationally renowned visual artist Raphael Shirley. The world music infused score by Korde will feature Vietnamese performer/composer Van-Anh Vo, Wu-Tong, a dramatic vocalist and performer who is a featured soloist with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and the dramatic lyric soprano Sonja Tegbland plus a chamber ensemble of five musicians. The event is co-sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders.

Critically acclaimed soprano Rochelle M. Bard ’98 will perform a concert of arias, lieder, and music from the American Song Book on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall. Bard has won top prizes from prestigious national and international vocal competitions. She has appeared on the stages of Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Tampa, Sacramento Opera, Baltimore Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Tanglewood, performing in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “The Merry Widow,” and in such roles as Violetta in “La Traviata,” the four heroines in “The Tales of Hoffmann,” and Gilda in “Rigoletto.” She is a sought-after concert artist as well, with recent performances including: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Brahms’ Requiem; the role of “Norma” with the Knoxville Opera; and “Tosca” with the Cambridge Symphony.

Adam Ouellet ’16 will perform from Benjamin Britten’s poignant canticle “Still Falls The Rain” for his senior recital on Saturday, Apr. 16, 3 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall. Ouellet will explore the lighthearted, romantic themes and grim realities in a series of juxtapositions. Light and darkness, realism and impressionism, love and sacrifice, this recital will examine the diverse shades of musical expression across space and time and will also feature music from Schubert, Bach, Britten, Tosti, Faure, and Debussy.

The concert series will also include the following musical performances on campus and throughout the spring semester. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact the music department events line at 508-793-3503.

Sunday, Feb. 14, 3 p.m.
Worcester Symphonic Project
Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra
Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.
Lisa Leong, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Friday Feb. 19, 8 p.m.
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Brooks Concert Hall
Sponsored by Music Worcester in collaboration with the music department

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
Recital
Peter Sulski, viola
Jonathan Yasuda, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Thursday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m.
Trio Tremonti
Saul Bitrán, violin
Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello
Sally Pinkas, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m.
First Tuesday Lunch Concert
Piano students of Adam Golka
Brooks Concert Hall

Monday, Mar. 14, 8 p.m.
Paul Houghteling, bass baritone
Brooks Concert Hall

Tuesday, Mar. 15, 8 p.m.
Solo Recital
Adam Golka, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Saturday, Mar. 19, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross College Choir & Chamber Singers
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Saturday, Apr. 2, 3 p.m.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Main Reading Room, Dinand Library

Sunday, Apr. 3, 3 p.m.
Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series
Senior Recital
Abraham Ross, Holy Cross Organ Scholar ’16
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, Apr. 5, 12:30 p.m.
First Tuesday Lunch Concert
Saul Bitran, violin
Brooks Concert Hall

Thursday, Apr. 7, 8 p.m.
Inspired by Song
Magdalena Filipczak, violin and soprano
Adam Golka, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Saturday, Apr. 9, 3 p.m.
Senior Recital
Meaghan McGeary, piano
Lisa Petricca, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Sunday, Apr. 10, 3 p.m.
Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series
Francis Chapelet & Uriel Valadeau
French Concert Organists
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, Apr. 12, 8 p.m.
Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble
Spring Concert
Brooks Concert Hall

Friday, Apr. 15, 8 p.m.
Ted Slingerland
Talk, Panel Discussion, and Workshop
Co-sponsored by Philosophy, Music, Arts Transcending Borders, Asian Studies
Brooks Concert Hall

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 8 p.m.
Tony Arnold, soprano
Jacob Greenberg, piano
Brooks Concert Hall

Thursday, Apr. 21, 7 p.m. lecture and 8 p.m. performance
Byzantine Chant
Brooks Concert Hall

Friday Apr. 22, 8 p.m.
Holy Cross College Choir & Chamber Singers
Brooks Concert Hall

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra
Brooks Concert Hall

Tuesday, May 3, 8 p.m.
Student and Faculty Recital
Brooks Concert Hall

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.
Gamelan Gita Sari Concert
Brooks Concert Hall

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

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