STAMFORD, NY) On Sunday, November 18, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents The Art of Song, a collaboration between conductor and pianist Thomas Muraco and soprano Amber Evans. These two talented artists emphasize the unique relationship of poetry and music in all aspects of the vocal repertoire. Their Friends of Music performance features songs by Wolfagang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, John Ireland, Frank Bridge, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, and Peggy Glanville-Hicks.
This performance is generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street, Stamford. Suggested donation at the door is $12 per person, $6 for seniors and students. There is no charge for those under age 13. Cash or check only; no advance ticket sales or reservations. Complimentary refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert. For more information about Friends of Music, and for a complete listing of concerts planned for this season, visit www.friendsmusic.org.
Mr. Muraco has earned extensive international recognition for his combination of technical virtuosity, tonal beauty, and a unique understanding of the underlying poetry of music. His performances in major concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Asia reflect his command of a repertoire remarkable for its complete range of musical styles, periods and forms. Highlights of his career include appearances at The White House, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Banff, Bermuda, Casals, Cincinnati May and Ravinia Festivals, and on recital series at New York's major concert halls and at museums, universities and cultural centers throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Muraco has been a member of the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the State University of New York at Stony Brook., and is presently on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music. There he trains pianists in the art of accompanying and coaching, as well as singers in all aspects of the art. He has taught master classes for pianists and singers at the Aspen and Banff Music Festivals and the St. Louis Conservatory as well as at the Eastman School of Music.
Mr. Muraco he has assisted in preparing both operatic and symphonic repertoire for conductors John Nelson: in the US at Carnegie Hall (Verdi Requiem), with the New Japan Philharmonic (La Traviata and Schumann Scenes from Faust) ,with L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (Entführung aus dem Serail), and in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera as well as for James Conlon (with the Cincinnati Symphony) adding yet another aspect to a career which has already established him in the front ranks of American musicians.
Amber Evans is originally from Brisbane, Australia, currently based in New York. She is a recent graduate of the Masters program in Contemporary Classical Voice under the tutelage of Lucy Shelton at the Manhattan School of Music. During her time there, she premiered over thirty new vocal works written by student composers and became very familiar with modern classics by Philippe Leroux, Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, Kaija Saariaho and others. Ms. Evans also had the privilege to be the assistant conductor for MSM’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and presented the roles of Fiordiligi in scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. Last summer, she was the recipient of the Hiebert Performance Prize at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Tuscany for her performances of Berberian’s Stripsody and Jakob Bragg’s Elegy for Chamberlain and a resident fellow in the Contemporary Performance Institute (CPI) at Wellesley College, MA.
An avid chorister and ensemble singer, Ms. Evans can frequently be seen singing with the Cathedral Choir at St. John the Divine, Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, the vocal quartet at Church of the Holy Innocents, and Pomerium. This year, she is looking forward to joining the vocal ensemble Ekmeles for concerts in their 2018-19 performance season. Working with The Australian Voices in previous years as the ensemble’s composer-in-residence and assistant conductor presented the opportunity to have two choral works published by Edition Peters and recorded under the Warner Classics label.