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Presenting

Mario Diaz-Moresco
and Spencer Myer

Sunday

November 17, 2019

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

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Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone andSpencer Myer, piano.
The Art of Song

An active interpreter of Opera, Art Song and new music, Mario Diaz-Moresco is recognized for his versatility and stage presence.

Highlights this season include recitals with Pianist Spencer Myer at the Mendocino Music Festival and The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, numerous concerts with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, performances with John Musto and Amy Burton with the Cincinnati Song Initiative, Papageno with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Alwan in Sumeida’s Song with Opera Maine and performances of the music of Joan La Barbara and Alex Weiser at Roulette Intermedium.

Mr. Diaz-Moresco studied at the University of Colorado, the University of Southern California and most recently completed the Professional Studies Diploma program at Mannes The New School. He has been a young artist with Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, a Stern Fellow at SongFest and a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Operatic roles include Papageno, Guglielmo, Schaunard, Malatesta, Orfeo, Mercutio, Morales, Sid and William in The Fall of the House of Usher by Philip Glass. Mr. Diaz-Moresco was a finalist in the 2019 Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition.

An active recitalist, his Art Song repertoire includes works by Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Beach, Poulenc, Duparc, Fauré, Ravel, Bolcom and Musto. In recent seasons Mr. Diaz-Moresco has given recitals with pianist Spencer Myer on California’s "InConcert Sierra" series, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society of Ohio, the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and the Brooklyn Art Song Society. In 2018 Mr. Diaz-Moresco was a finalist in the Joy in Singing competition.

Passionate about new music, Mr. Diaz-Moresco has premiered Laura M. Kramer's song cycle The Miracle of the Walking Fish, for voice and guitar, Julia Adolphe's opera Sylvia and the song cycle The Wanderlusting of Joseph C., by Joan La Barbara. At the Glimmerglass Festival he covered the role of Bernard DeVoto in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, and as a Stern Fellow at SongFest Mr. Diaz-Moresco premiered Ben Moore’s John and Abigail and sang the Baritone Soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest in a new arrangement for duo piano and percussion by John Musto. Mr. Diaz-Moresco is currently in his second cycle as a resident singer for American Opera Projects' Composers & the Voice.

Other highlights include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, playing the lead role in Robert Ashley's Dust, which was named one of the best classical music performances of 2017 by The New York Times, and singing the baritone role in Hydrogen Jukebox at Chautauqua Opera, under maestro Steven Osgood. Recitals and concerts include a second appearance with the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, singing in the Philadelphia Orchestra's concert version of West Side Story, numerous appearances with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and a performance of The Wanderlusting of Joseph C. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Diaz-Moresco is a student of Diana Soviero.


Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe, and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stage.

Adding to his North American credentials, Mr. Myer includes in his current season returns to the Boise and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonics and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. His solo recitals and chamber music collaborations take him throughout the United States, including an appearance with Jamie Bernstein at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts for a special performance of Leonard Bernstein’s complete “Anniversaries”.

Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Boise, Dayton, Rhode Island, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Omaha, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Michael Christie, Leslie B. Dunner, Robert Franz, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kevin Rhodes, Lucas Richman, Steven Smith, Thomas Wilkins and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018.

 

November 17, 2019

Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone
and

Spencer Myer, piano.

The Art of Song

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Poème d’un jour (words by Charles Grandmougin)

Rencontre
Toujours
Adieu

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Kindertotenlieder (words by Friedrich Rückert)

Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n!
Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
Wenn dein Mutterlein
Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen!
In diesem Wetter!

Intermission

John Musto (b. 1954)
Recuerdo

Echo (words by Christina Rosetti)
Recuerdo (words by Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Last Song (words by Louise Bogan)

William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Cabaret Songs (words by Arnold Weinstein)

Over the Piano
Fur (Murray the Furrier)
Song of Black Max (As Told by the de Kooning Boys)
Oh Close the Curtain
George

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. Catered refreshments are served after the concert.

As always, 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.


Spencer Myer’s recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An in-demand chamber musician, he has appeared for five summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival in Dallas with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled and Brian Thornton, and has enjoyed a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, sopranos Nicole Cabell, Martha Guth and Erin Wall, the Jupiter and Pacifica string quartets and the Dorian Wind Quintet.

Spencer Myer’s career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He is also a laureate of the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland and 2005 Busoni International Piano Competitions. He enjoys an esteemed reputation as a vocal collaborator since winning the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Mr. Myer was a member of Astral Artists’ performance roster from 2003-2010.

An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has served as a guest faculty at the Oberlin and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatories of Music, and in the fall of 2015, he was appointed Artist-Teacher of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Boston’s Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Spencer Myer’s debut CD for harmonia mundi usa - solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs - was released in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim by Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. Mr. Myer has released four CDs on the Steinway & Sons label since 2017: Piano Rags of William Bolcom, and three discs with cellist Brian Thornton encompassing cello/piano repertoire of Brahms, Debussy and Schumann.

Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist. To read more about the artist and to hear examples of his work, please visit his Web site at www.spencermyer.com.


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