Sublime Leontyne: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube

Sublime Leontyne: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube

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Beauty Hurts

For me, one of the delights of the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s recital at Zankel Hall on Monday was the discovery of three songs from Libby Larsen’s cycle “Love After 1950.” Ms. Barton’s fine pianist was Kathleen Kelly, and piano was crucial in “Big Sister Says (Beauty Hurts),” where Ms. Larsen has concocted a heady blend of boogie-woogie and Prokofiev (the finale of his Seventh Piano Sonata). HERE, in a performance from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the mezzo-soprano is the melodiously named Loralee Songer, and the boffo pianist is Taisiya Pushkar. JAMES R. OESTREICH

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SongFest Emerging Artist Recital

SongFest Emerging Artist Recital

We are thrilled to announce that OPERA AMERICA has invited SongFest to present an Emerging Artist Recital highlighting SongFest alumni in concert. The program will include songs and arias featuring recent SongFest Stern Fellows. This is a wonderful chance to re-connect with friends and build a SongFest community AND do some Christmas shopping!

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SongFest Fellows Simone and Ally Named Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30

SongFest Fellows Simone and Ally Named Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30

Congratulations!!! SongFest Marc and Eva Stern Fellows Simone McIntosh, mezzo-soprano (2017) and Ally Smither, soprano (2013, 2015, 2016) for being named 30 Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30, 2017 edition.

At 25, Simone McIntosh has already ticked a big item off her bucket list: singing the role of Judith in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, which she did in March with Opera McGill.

Like many musicians, Alexandra Smither describes herself as a nomad these days, splitting her time between Toronto and Houston, Texas, where she recently graduated from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

Click HERE to read more about Simone and Ally.

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Congratulations SongFest Alum So Young Park

Congratulations SongFest Alum So Young Park

SongFest Alum So Young Park a finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2017 Competition took place in Astana Opera, Astana, Kazakhstan. Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, this competition has brought some of today's most celebrated singers onto the world stage. Click HERE to see her performance.

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COMING SOON! Announcing the 2018 SongFest Sorel Composer

COMING SOON! Announcing the 2018 SongFest Sorel Composer

In partnership with and funded by the Sorel Organization, SongFest has made a substantial contribution to the art song repertoire through its commissioning program that has produced new works for voice and piano by such distinguished composers as William Bolcom, Tom Cipullo, Anne LeBaron, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Harbison, Jullianna Hall, Jennifer Higdon, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, James Primosch and Shulamit Ran.

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Congratulations to SongFest Alums

Congratulations to SongFest Alums

SongFest has four recent alumni – Kristina Bachrach, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Josh Quinn and You Zhao who made it to the final round of the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. The competition will take place in London between Saturday 2-Thursday 7 September 2017. 

Kristina Bachrach, soprano
SongFest as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow - 2010-11, 12
Distinguished Alumna in 2016

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
SongFest 2009, 2011

Josh Quinn, baritone
SongFest as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow – 2017

You Zhao, piano
SongFestas a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow – 2015-16

Read more about the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition
Read more about the Competitors

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SongFest awards 2017 Sorel Commission to art-song champion & composer Juliana Hall!

SongFest awards 2017 Sorel Commission to art-song champion & composer Juliana Hall!

In partnership with the Sorel Organization, SongFest has made a substantial contribution to the art song repertoire through its commissioning program that has produced new works for voice and piano by such distinguished composers as William Bolcom, Tom Cipullo, Anne LeBaron, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, and Shulamit Ran.

SongFest is thrilled to announce that the 2017 Sorel commission has been awarded to art-song champion Juliana Hall. Her work,  "WHEN THE SOUTH WIND SINGS" (7 songs for soprano and piano on poems by Carl Sandburg), will be performed at SongFest 2017 by a professional fellow soprano and pianist at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, date and time TBA. Click here to learn more about Juliana Hall and her work.

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SongFest's Winter Intensive in Carmel Valley a "Glorious Concert Experience"

SongFest's Winter Intensive in Carmel Valley a "Glorious Concert Experience"

By Louis Lebherz

THE FIRST WEEK of the new year brought to Carmel Valley a new program produced through Hidden Valley Music Seminars entitled SongFest Winter Intensive, and subtitled “Vienna in the Valley.” A vision of founder/director Rosemary Ritter, SongFest is a program for serious young singers housed at the glamorous Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles. The road to a successful classical singing career is so much more than a voice and a personality. It requires years of study and refinement in music theory and history, languages, vocal technique, acting skills and more. READ MORE...

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SongFest Records' 1st Album of New American Song @ SongFest is now available for purchase!

SongFest Records' 1st Album of New American Song @ SongFest is now available for purchase!

Celebrating our 20th anniversary, SongFest releases our first CD, featuring SongFest's unique contribution to American art song with fifteen commissions, world premieres, and featured compositions by the best of contemporary American song composers, all performed by SongFest alumni and special guest Edward Arron, cello.

The CD is available for purchase at CDbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/newamericansongsongfest

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