Friends of Music Logo

Presenting

Amber Evans and
Thomas Muraco

Sunday

November 18, 2018

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY

friendsmusic.org Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

  Photo of Amber Evans Photo of Thomas Muraco

The Art of Song
Amber Evans, soprano and Thomas Muraco, piano.

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. In the summer of 2017, 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. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Evans appeared at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music, the Nantucket New Music Festival and will return to CPI at Brandeis University, 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.

Outside performing, Ms. Evans has been a music librarian for The Australian Voices, Brisbane Chamber Choir, and a circulation assistant at the University of Cambridge and Manhattan School of Music libraries. A great passion of hers is the cultivation and promulgation of rarely performed repertoire involving unusual musical setups and instrument combinations. She is looking forward to collaborating with the database collection team of the Resonant Bodies Festival to devise an accessible, user-friendly interface for contemporary vocal works.

Visit her Web site at www.amberevansmusic.com to read more about Amber Evans and to hear examples of her work.

Thomas Muraco “is simply one of the finest collaborative artists before the public today; his contributions were models of complete support and specific understanding — they were songs without words.” Richard Dyer, Boston Globe). Mr. Muraco has earned such accolades through a 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. He has been praised for his insightful interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Wolf, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, and premieres of William Schuman and George Perle.

Mr. Muraco has partnered with distinguised musicians such as Adele Addison, John Aler, Martina Arroyo, Arleen Augér, John Cheek, Phyllis Curtin, Mary Dunleavy, Faith Esham, Maureen Forrester, Denyce Graves, Ben Heppner, Henry Herford, Ying Huang, Sumi Jo, Susanne Mentzer, Chris Merritt, Roberta Peters, Hermann Prey, Twyla Robinson, Jennie Tourel, Benita Valente and Dolora Zajick, and instrumentalists John Graham, Wolfram Koessel, Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Zara Nelsova, Ransom Wilson, Peter Winograd, and the American and Shanghai String Quartets. 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.

Mr. Muraco has recorded on the Serenus, CRI and Musical Heritage labels, including a program of music for viola and piano by Britten, Shostakovitch, Bergsma and Shapey with John Graham as well as a Liederabend of Brahms with contralto Maureen Forrester on CBC records.

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. In such master classes he emphasizes the unique relationship of poetry and music in all aspects of the vocal repertoire, bringing to bear his extensive knowledge of languages — French, Italian, German and Portuguese among others. Influential teachers in Thomas Muraco's own training include Brooks Smith at the Eastman School of Music, from which he graduated with distinction, and Jeaneane Dowis at the Aspen Festival and in NYC, and conductors David Gilbert and John Nelson.

 

November 18, 2018

The Art of Song

Amber Evans, soprano
Thomas Muraco, piano

Das Veilchen (The Violet)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Du bist die Ruh (You are rest and Peace)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Er, der Herrlichste von allen (He, the most glorious of all)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Das Rosenband (The rose garland)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

En svane (A swan)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

The Trellis
John Ireland (1879-1962)

Come Sleep
Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990)

Will There Really Be A Morning?
Richard Hundley (1931-2018)

Intermission

La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice,
based on The Human Voice by Jean Cocteau)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert.

Thank you!” to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.


Often asked to judge competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Muraco has been the chairman of the jury of the annual international vocal competition held in Vivonne, France, “De Vive Voix” at which festival he conducted a program of opera scenes in 2007 and in 2008 performed “Die Winterreise” to great acclaim.

In August 2000 he conducted Lakmé in Tel Aviv for the International Vocal Arts Institute, La Bohème at the Manhattan School of Music in 2000, La Traviata at the Manhattan School of Music in April 2001 and Carmen there in April 2002. La Cenerentola was his debut with Opera San José in September 2002, in 2003 Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo in January 2004 at Opera Mc Gill, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Dialogues des Carmélites, Il Tabarro/ Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Lucia, Faust, Hänsel und Gretel, Capuleti e i Montecchi, Lakmé, Luisa Miller and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, all at the Manhattan School of Music in his Opera Repertory Ensemble where he prepares and conducts the chorus and the principles. In April 2015 he made his debut with Tri-Cities Opera to critical acclaim conducting Faust.

Mr. Muraco had the honor of assisting in the preparation of performances and a recording of La Bohème under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. In addition, 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.

During the 2007-2008 season, Mr. Muraco was the Studienleiter- Kapellmeister at the Theater Bremen where he conducted many performances of the 2007-2008 season including Nabucco and Merlin of Carl Goldmark as well as overseeing the preparation of all repertoire in the season. During Jan-Feb, 2009 he performed to great acclaim with tenor Ben Heppner at La Scala, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Opéra National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonie and at the Barbican Centre in London. In August, 2012 he was the Music Director of a new training program in Siena, Italy in which he conducted Orlando of Händel and Suor Angelica of Puccini and in the summer of 2013 assisted John Nelson at the Santa Fe Opera on Le Nozze di Figaro as well as performing and teaching at the Banff Centre and at Opera Advantage.


Home Top of Page e-mail us Site Map

© 2004 - 2018 Friends of Music of Stamford NY, Inc. — All Rights Reserved