San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
World Premiere performance of Passages, a cycle of songs for Soprano and Piano Trio by Daniel Sigmon
Nicole Kenley-Miller presents an eclectic program of music for soprano, strings and piano in collaboration with Andrea Muţ and The Axiom Quartet.
The Program includes: Il tramonto by Ottorino Respighi; Chanson Perpétuelle by Ernest Chausson; and the WORLD PREMIERE of Passages by Daniel Sigmon.
Passages is a cycle of songs based on the Poetry of Nicole Kenley-Miller and is for piano trio and soprano. The work is a substantial new concert piece spanning six songs over nearly 45 minutes
Nicole Kenley, Soprano, has performed extensively in the United States and Europe in various operas, concerts, and recitals, and for dignitaries such as the President of Ireland. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Hardin-Simmons University, and her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award for Opera. During her studies at Eastman, she took a year's sabbatical to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, made possible by a scholarship from the Rotary International Foundation.
Nicole has performed a wide range of roles on the operatic stage, including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Clara in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso with the Eastman Opera Theatre. Other performances include the Mayoress in Royal Northern's production of Jenufa, title roles in Carmen and Dido and Aeneas, Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Florence in Albert Herring. In addition, she has been a regional finalist in the prestigious MacAllister Awards and the NATSAA competition. She most recently appeared with Sugar Land Opera as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby's one-woman opera, Bon Appetit. She has performed with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and is frequently engaged as a soloist with local performing organizations and regularly presents solo and collaborative recitals.
Nicole is a champion of new music and has commissioned and premiered many new works. In 2008, she performed the Texas premiere of Nicholas Omiccioli's Three Poems of Emily Dickinson at the Society of Composers Regional Conference. In addition, she has premiered two song cycles by Daniel Sigmon, Spirit Walker and Ponderings. She is currently collaborating with Mr. Sigmon in the commissioning of a new cycle to be called Passages, which will set her own poetry to music. In 2005, she created the role of Maye in the world premiere performance of Daniel Sigmon and Edward Crowell's opera, Larkspur, performed in a collaborative production of Abilene Collegiate Opera and Lake House Opera, the latter for which she served as Artistic Director.
Ms. Kenley was the co-founder and Artistic Director for Imperial Performing Arts and Sugar Land Opera and helped to found the first professional theatre space in Fort Bend County, The Imperial Theatre. She has directed multiple productions for Sugar Land Opera, including The Imperial Theatre's inaugural production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Mozart's The Impresario, the US premiere of Howard Blake's The Station, and Sigmon/Crowell's What's Your Soup?. She has also directed opera scenes for the Eastman Opera Theatre as well as mainstage productions of Camelot and a Rodgers and Hammerstein review for Cy-Fair College.
Nicole has taught on the voice faculty at Sam Houston State University and currently teaches voice at Houston Baptist University. Ms. Kenley is a member of NATS and Sigma Alpha Iota.
The Axiom String Quartet:
The Axiom Quartet is a dynamic and exciting music group making strides in the vibrant cultural life of Houston and beyond.
Through their various concert experiences Axiom Quartet has performed a variety of works from J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through Ravel and Shostakovich to Philip Glass and Cole Porter.
The quartet was recently announced The String Quartet-in-Residence for the Music Preparatory School at the University of St. Thomas. The group hosts regular concert series at the University's Cullen Hall.
In the summer of 2013 Axiom Quartet was invited as one of just two groups in the nation, to perform and participate in master classes at the prestigious Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth, TX.
In May of 2014 Axiom Quartet was invited as first ever classical string ensemble to perform at the Cave Without A Name in Texas Hill Country. The unusual event attracted wide audiences and gathered enthusiastic reviews from the concert goers and the local press.
The Axiom Quartet has been recently appointed the outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston (formerly Houston Friends of Chamber Music) - one of the top chamber music presenters in the nation. Through the collabration with CMH the Axiom Quartet serves the community by visitng local schools and retirement homes. The group designs unique music programs combined with spoken word, making the listening experience approachable for all ages and interests.
The quartet has also performed for the Grand Legacy Studio concert series in Houston, and made recordings with local singers and songwriters.
Musicians of the ensemble have all garnered accolades for their solo, chamber and orchestral skills and attended the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. They have performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet, Mercury Baroque, Musiqa and many other venues in Houston and beyond, and can be heard on the Dux and Deutsche Grammophon labels.
The Axiom Quartet is also actively involved in educational, outreach and audience development initiatives. In the summer of 2014 the quartet hosted their first Chamber Music Camp for local students to the great success. The camp is the initiative of the Axiom Quartet, the Music Department and the Music Preparatory School at the University of St.Thomas in Houston.
Daniel Sigmon is an award-winning composer of music for choir, soloists, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and organ. He has composed three one-act operas and one full-length opera, all of which have been produced. He is a performer as actor, singer, and conductor. His compositions have been performed in Europe, Canada, and throughout the US, and he has studied with some of America’s finest composers and professors including: Robert Nelson, Michael Horvitt, Andy J. Patterson, and Virginia Luman. In 2003 he co-founded Lakehouse Opera of Houston, for which he served as Executive Director. He served as the Musical Director for Imperial Performing arts in Sugar Land, TX from 2007 to 2010.
Daniel recently celebrated the completion of his fourteenth year as the Director of Worship for New Hope Lutheran Church where he oversees all aspects of worship as well as conducting the choir and the orchestra.
When & Where
New Hope Lutheran Church
1424 FM 1092 RD (Murphy)
Missouri City, TX 77459
New Hope Lutheran Church is a suburban ELCA Lutheran Church in Missouri City, TX, south west of Houston, and east of Sugar Land. It believes that the "good news" of God is for all people regardless of their personal status, race, creed, sexuality or anyother label or condition that divides and separates people. It has been a champion of mission work to the underprivileged for many years sponsoring or having sponsored at one time: the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, the New Hope Clinic, Family Promise of Fort Bend County, the InterFaith Coalition for Mutual Respect and El Beun Pastor Lutheran Church in Usulatan, El Salvador.
New Hope believes that each person is endowed with special gifts from The Creator that can be used for betterment of the world and the good of all humankind. It is proud to empower its members to service, whether that be in worship, through music and artistic expression, or in mission, through charitable giving of time, money, and abilities. It is our prayer that everyone that comes through our door will find themselves, "good soil" for the goodness of God to grow in them and that they will then set out into the world to make it a better place.
New Hope Welcomes all People to its worship services and special events.
SUNDAYS - 8:00 AM / 10:30 AM, Sunday School at 9:15
Special Events - As announced.