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RECITAL: Recovered Voices, Rediscovering Vocal Gems of the Early Twentieth Century

  • The Colburn School, Thayer Hall 200 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

SongFest 2015, in collaboration with the Ziering-Conlon Initiative For Recovered Voices at The Colburn School, present

Recovered Voices
Rediscovering Vocal Gems of the Early Twentieth Century

Directed by Liza Stepanova in consultation with Maestro James Conlon and Mr. Robert Elias, President of The OREL Foundation

SongFest is thrilled to collaborate with the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at The Colburn School and with The OREL Foundation to present this performance celebrating vocal gems by composers whose life and music were profoundly affected by the cataclysms of the first part of the twentieth century.


Works by Paul Ben-Haim, Pavel Haas, Paul Hindemith, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Gideon Klein, Arnold Schoenberg, Erwin Schulhoff, Franz Schreker, Viktor Ullmann, Kurt Weill, Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Erich Zeisl, Alexander von Zemlinsky.


This event is FREE but registration is highly recommended for the general public (NOTE: SongFest participants do not need to register)


"I believe that the spirit of this “lost generation” now needs to be heard. The creativity of the first half of the twentieth century is far richer than we may have thought. Alongside Stravinsky, Strauss and other major and more fortunate figures, the varied voices of composers from Berlin, Vienna, Prague and Budapest, whether Jewish, dissident or immigrant, reveal much about the musical ferment of their time. Their music, I believe, is accessible and relevant. Further, our own American heritage owes an enormous debt to those who emigrated to Hollywood and Broadway and American institutions of higher learning, bringing their distinctive personalities with them, creating a style that has since evolved into a distinctly American one."


SongFest participant singers:

Erika Baikoff, soprano
Augusta Caso, mezzo
Emily D'Angelo, mezzo
Christopher Edwards, baritone
Corey Hart, tenor
Melanie Henley Heyn, soprano
Jeremy Hirsch, baritone
Haena Jeong, soprano
Drew Ladd, tenor
Yoon Geong Lee, soprano
Jing Liu, soprano
Jesse Malgieri, baritone
Marie Marquis, soprano
Kelly Newberry, mezzo
Tyler Reece, baritone
Katharine Skovira, mezzo
Rebecca Sorensen, soprano
David Tahere, baritone
Jessica Thompson, soprano
Megan Wilhelm, soprano
Lisa Williamson, soprano
Callie Wohletz, soprano

SongFest participant pianists:

Kyle Adam Blair
Po Hsun Chen
Anna De Groot
Nathan Harris
Christopher Kayler
Gloria Kim
Hyunghyun Lee
Florence Mak
Bethany Pietroniro
Christopher Reynolds
Nicholas Roehler
Rami Sarieddine
Katelan Terrell
You Zhao

SongFest faculty:

Javier Arrebola, piano
Mark Trawka, conductor

And a special appearance by guest instrumentalists, alumni of The Colburn School:

Benjamin Bartelt, viola
Matthew Cohen, viola
Vardan Gasparyan, cello
Hanbyul Jang, violin
Luanne Homzy, violin
Gina Luciani, flute
Peter Myers, cello