Songs of the Sea with Victoria Kirsch and Friends - AT CAPACITY
Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:20 PM (PDT)
5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
Jamie Chamberlin, soprano
Zachary Gordin, baritone
Timothy Loo, cello
Victoria Kirsch, piano
Music of the Waves, Enchanted Islands and Underwater Cathedrals; celebrating the beauties and dangers of the sea. Featuring Byron Adams' "Nocturne" for soprano, cello and piano, Debussy's "La Cathédrale Engloutie," excerpts from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and Gabriel Fauré's Les Berceaux, and songs and arias by Britten, Piazzolla, Weill and more.
Greek-American Soprano Jamie Chamberlin has been recognized for her abilities as both a singer and actress. Alan Rich of LA Weekly writes, “I would be thrilled to revisit the vocal and comedic talents of Jamie Chamberlin any time she comes my way.” Frequently in demand as a recitalist and concert artist, Chamberlin performs regularly throughout California and beyond. Recently, she has enjoyed debuts with the Louisville Orchestra, and with Long Beach Opera as Lucy in Shostakovich’s comic operetta, Moscow, Cherry Town. She made her professional debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2004 singing the soprano solo in the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s monumental orchestral work, Wing on Wing. The following season, she made her solo debut with Los Angeles Opera singing the High Priestess in Aida and the Cretan Woman in Idomeneo, with Plácido Domingo. In 2006 Chamberlin was an artist in the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. She received critical praise for both her portrayal of Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s Transformations, and for her sparkling performance in the Merola Grand Finale on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. Chamberlin holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from UCLA where she performed a variety of roles ranging from Contessa di Folleville in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims to Anita in West Side Story.
Baritone Zachary Gordin is renowned as a dynamic and engaging artist, bringing masterful singing and strong physicality to a wide variety of roles: from baroque heroes to contemporary works written specifically for him. Recent operatic highlights include: Silvio in I Pagliacci with Sacramento Opera, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and El Cantaor in La Vida Breve with West Bay Opera, Germont in La Traviata with West Bay Opera and Center Stage Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with North Bay Opera and Center Stage Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with San Francisco Lyric Opera. On the concert stage, he has performed Brahms’ Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat and Psalm 92 with the San Francisco Choral Society, Bach’s Cantata #82 “Ich habe genug” with the Sacramento Philharmonic, and Orff’s Carmina Burana in performances with the Pacific Shores Philharmonic, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, and others. Upcoming this season is Fauré’s Requiem with Oakland East Bay Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Escamillo in Carmen with Diablo Symphony and Cinnabar Opera, Dichterliebe at the Olympic Music Festival, and many others. In addition to his performing schedule, he maintains an active vocal studio, and is in demand as a presenter of workshops and master classes for emerging artists.
Pianist Victoria Kirsch creates innovative programs that combine opera, song, theater, poetry and visual arts. In addition to Songs of the Sea, current projects include The Poet's Voice: Collaborative Art in Words and Music (with poet Dana Gioia), Trunk Show: Smoke and Mirrors, or the Alchemy of Desire; Andy Warhol’s World in Song; This, and My Heart: The Worlds of Emily Dickinson; and Chick Songs: Art Songs by Women Composers. She continues her association with Julia Migenes, playing for the celebrated soprano’s shows throughout the world. She is the music director of Opera Arts, a Palm Springs-based performance organization. Victoria has worked with national and regional opera companies (Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Long Beach Operas) and international competitions (Operalia, MONC Auditions), and she has been a popular teaching artist for Los Angeles Opera’s Community Programs Department. She returns to the faculty of the Los Angeles-based SongFest summer program in July 2013, and she was a vocal faculty member at USC’s Thornton School of Music from 1995 to 1999. She was associated with the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara for many years, playing in the studio of renowned baritone and master teacher Martial Singher and serving as a member of the vocal faculty.
Blüthner piano provided by the Kasimoff-Blüthner Company, Hollywood.
Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.
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