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Rose. Yende. Brancy. Polenzani. Deshayes.

2014-15 Season

RoseOct 19, 2014
Matthew Rose
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YendeNov 6, 2014
Pretty Yende
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Brancy Dec 10, 2014
John Brancy
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PolenzaniJan 14, 2015
Matthew Polenzani
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DeshayesFeb 3, 2015
Karine Deshayes
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CargillApr 7, 2015
Karen Cargill
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NYFOSApr 30, 2015
New York Festival of Song
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2014-2015 Season


With six outstanding singers, ranging from established stars to those still on the brink of international fame, all making Washington, DC recital debuts, plus the return by popular demand of New York Festival of Song, we are delighted to introduce our exciting 2014-2015 season. As our nation's only subscription concert series dedicated exclusively to the presentation of classical song recitals, we are proud to offer our patrons extraordinary quality at exceptional value, as well as enough variety in programming to provide something for all tastes. A superbly gifted singer, fully immersed in great music and poetry, accompanied only by piano or chamber ensemble, can transport us and make the world seem a better place, lifting our spirits, offering solace, providing catharsis. As an audience, we share in the visceral and emotional immediacy of that experience together. The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, with its marvelous acoustics and unmatched intimacy, is an ideal venue in which to enjoy every vocal and interpretive nuance.

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Soprano Natalie Conte and Baritone Matthew Morris to Present Recitals in Spring 2014

Vocal Arts DC announces that soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Matthew Morris, both of Maryland, have been chosen as the two winners of the 2013 Art Song Discovery Competition. Co-adjudicators of the finals, held on Saturday, May 11 at the music department of George Washington University, were Nancy Gustafson, General Manager of the Castleton Festival; Michael Heaston, Director of both the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera and the Young Artists Program at the Glimmerglass Festival; and Peter Russell, General Director of Vocal Arts DC.

Vocal Arts DC will present Ms. Conte and Mr. Morris jointly in a series of art song recitals in the greater Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area in the spring of 2014, in venues and on dates to be announced in the near future.
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'My Favorite Song'

Welcome to the monthly feature of the Vocal Arts DC web site in which guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

From Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Patrice Michaels: "Anita's Story"

Text adapted from Anita Escudero's letter to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her 50th birthday, March 15, 1983.

I had been in New York only a very short time. I got a job in a law firm typing in the steno pool. One morning, one hundred pages of hand-written material from some lady lawyer. And her method of delivery? - her own husband - in his shirt sleeves!

The way she used words - I had never seen or heard, I had never even thought. "Sexual", "female", "male", "Gender-Based Discrimination". I started typing...

A few months later, again this shirt-sleeved lawyer husband, again the yellow pad of notes, again the horrifying, nonsensical subject of sex discrimination. I kept typing.

One morning the shirtsleeved lawyer husband announced, "My wife is coming in." I thought "Good God here she comes: La Estraña." In walked this little woman in a softspoken voice and a green dashiki. "It can't be the same woman. She's not supposed to be like this. She's supposed to look like George Sand. Where's the cigar? The fly on her pants?" I...kept...typing...

Back in Sevilla we went to a party. The host presented my husband, Don Mario Escudero, who announced in his turn, "Esta es mi mujer." "This is my woman?" "Yo no sóy tu mujer! Soy una persona. Mi nombre es Anita L'Oise Ramos Mosteiro de Escudero."

From the back of the room boomed the host's 80 year-old grandmother, "VIVA AMERICA." RBG converted me...through typing.

Anita's Story [MP3]
Kuang-Hao Huang, Pianist

This song will be released in August on Cedille Records (Ruth Bader Ginsburg's son James Ginsburg is the founder and president of this not-for-profit classical recording label) as part of INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song.

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Peter Russell Named General Director of Vocal Arts DC

Peter Russell, a noted figure in American opera, has been named as General Director of Vocal Arts DC (incorporated as The Vocal Arts Society). In his new position, Russell will assume responsibility for both the artistic and business management of Vocal Arts DC, working closely in the field of artistic programming with the organization's founder and President Emeritus, Dr. Gerald Perman, who is stepping down as Artistic Director to become Artistic Director Emeritus.
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maltman About Vocal Arts DC

Hear world-renowned singers
and discover tomorrow's stars

You’ll hear them here first!  Vocal Arts DC has given Washington recital debuts to many of the great singers whose names are familiar to lovers of vocal artistry throughout the world.  We pride ourselves on identifying and bringing to Washington singers -- often already celebrated on the European opera and concert stage -- who are on the cusp of attaining world-wide fame and achieving sensational success on the US opera scene.  

Our 22nd season begins with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Warren Jones giving an "American Songbook" program. This is followed by New York Festival of Song, a longtime favorite of Washington audiences, who bring their delightful, and timely, arrangement of three Broadway shows of the 1930's to town in "Mr. Gershwin Comes to Washington." Following NYFOS, soprano Christine Brewer returns and she and pianist Craig Rutenberg give an October 31 recital of Spanish and American song. Baritone Russell Braun and pianist Carolyn Maule traverse Schubert's Winterreise on November 7. DC favorite, tenor Vinson Cole performs on December 12, and he is followed by British tenor Toby Spence, a Washington debut, who rounds out the season, on January 16.  More Details >
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what video What's an Art Song?

Watch a video, hosted by Elizabeth Daniels, of young singers presented in recital by Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center this past spring as part of the America Sings in the Nation's Capitol. Click here >

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Education Programs

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Art Song Discovery Series Winners of the Vocal Arts DC competition appear in free recitals at various venues in the community each Spring. More >

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Take Song to our Schools Classroom programs presenting young professional singers and song to students around the region inspire the singers and audience of the future. More >

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Young Artists Competition
An annual, juried competition for singers in the greater Washington area. Find more information here. More >

 

"My Favorite Song"

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