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Vocal Arts and Music Festival

June 6-22, 2013


Presented in partnership with the International Vocal Arts Institute





Some of the world’s biggest opera superstars, vocal coaches, and instrumentalists will come together to provide the musical foundation for this year’s Vocal Arts and Music Festival. Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech on June 6-22, the event brings two and a half weeks of performances and master classes to the Virginia Tech campus. Special events will be offered each evening of the festival, including master classes, chamber music concerts, and solo and ensemble performances spotlighting the festival’s talented singers. Returning for a fourth year, the festival is one of only three International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) programs in the world; the other two are in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Montreal.




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Vocal Arts and Music Festival 2013 Schedule

Thursday, June 6

7:30 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Master Class with Joan Dornemann

IVAI co-founder Joan Dornemann launches festival events with her highly engaging evening of musical and dramatic insights into the operatic literature.

Free

             

Friday, June 7

7:30 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

Opera Idol Competition

Meet many of the 2013 institute singers through the presentation of songs and arias, culminating with the audience voting for their favorites.

Free

             

Saturday, June 8

10 a.m.; Theatre 101     

         

An Impromptu Glorious Chorus

Elise Witt leads a session of group singing, for voices of all abilities, styles, and experience. Following this session, singers will lift their voices at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market!

Free

             

Saturday, June 8

6 p.m.; University Club (100 Otey St.)

         

Pre-concert reception at the University Club

Join us at the University Club, 100 Otey St. in Blacksburg, just a five minute walk from the festival, for a pre-concert reception with hors d'ouevres and an open beer and wine bar included.

$15 per person. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Leslie Whiting, University Club Manager, at (540) 231-3872 or uclub@vt.edu. Visa, Mastercard, and checks accepted.

             

Saturday, June 8

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

Johannes Brahms: The Great Romantic Master

Festival instrumentalists and singers join together in this first full concert featuring favorites works of Brahms, including Liebeslieder Waltzes, Opus 52, Lieder, and the Clarinet. Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; David Ehrlich and Gregory Ellis, violins; Michael Klotz, viola; Alan Weinstein, cello

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Sunday, June 9

3 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

Beautiful Blends for Voice, Piano, Clarinet, and Strings

Barber’s “Dover Beach,” Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock,” Brahms’s Piano Quintet (Peter Laul, piano; Gregory Ellis and David Ehrlich, violins; Karen Dreyfus, viola; Dmitry Kouzov, cello), and more.

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Monday, June 10

7 p.m.; Theatre 101, Second Floor Rehearsal Room

         

Vocal Improvisation Workshop

Drawing on vocal wisdom from many cultures, Elise Witt leads this session to create vocal landscapes, soulful harmonies, and impromptu sonic masterpieces in a safe and supportive space. For community singers with some musical experience and knowledge.

Free; registration required. To register, call (540) 231-0843 or email bailey89@vt.edu.

             

Tuesday, June 11

7:30 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Master Class with Sherrill Milnes

Drawing on his years of experience on international stages, baritone Sherrill Milnes coaches singers on musical and vocal artistry. The resulting transformations are amazing to watch. 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Wednesday, June 12

8 p.m.; Recital Salon 

         

From Romanticism to Folk  Music: 
An Evening of Brahms,  Dvořák , and Klezmer Music

Brahms trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (Peter Laul, piano; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Dmitry Kouzov, cello); Dvořák String Sextet (David Ehrlich and Gregory Ellis, violins; Michael Klotz and Karen Dreyfus, violas; Dmitry Kouzov and Alan Weinstein, cellos); and Klezmer music for Clarinet and Strings (Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; David Ehrlich and Gregory Ellis, violins; Michael Klotz, viola; Alan Weinstein, cello).

 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Thursday, June 13

7:30 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Master Class with Mignon Dunn

World-famous mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn brings her rich experience and sense of humor to her coaching, guiding the singers to meld the text, music, and drama into their performing.

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Friday, June 14

8 p.m.; Haymarket Theatre

         

Recital: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Kayo Iwama, pianist

Renowned soprano and special festival guest artist Dawn Upshaw performs a diverse evening of works from Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Ives, and William Bolcom. 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Saturday, June 15

4 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Master Class with Dawn Upshaw

Renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, a champion of new music as well as the classics, shares her musical insights with selected singers. 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Saturday, June 15

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Festival of Quintets, Three Great Masters:  
Boccherini, Mozart, and  Dvořák

Boccherini Cello Quintet (Gregory Ellis and David Ehrlich, violins; Karen Dreyfus, viola; Dmitry Kouzov and Ben Wyatt, cellos), Mozart Viola Quintet in D Major (David Ehrlich and Gregory Ellis, violins; Michael Klotz and Karen Dreyfus, violas; Ben Wyatt, cello), and Dvořák Piano Quintet (Milana Strezeva, piano; Gregory Ellis and David Ehrlich, violins; Karen Dreyfus, viola; Ben Wyatt, cello).

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Sunday, June 16

7 p.m.; Haymarket Theatre

         

An Evening with Carlisle Floyd

A multi-faceted evening with preeminent American operatic composer Carlisle Floyd, including a brief film and a talk with Floyd. A highlight will be the performance of his opera Susannah

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Monday, June 17

7:30 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Master Class with Diana Soviero

Acclaimed soprano Diana Soviero shares her interpretive skills and vocal magic with young singers. 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Tuesday, June 18

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A French Salon Concert: A Potpourri of Mélodie

A survey of French songs from various periods and composers. 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Wednesday, June 19

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

The World of Brahms: A Liederabend

A concert of German lieder, featuring the music of Brahms and his musical contemporaries. 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Thursday, June 20

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

From the Intimate to the Dramatic: Haydn, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

Haydn Piano Trio, Jacob’s Dream (Milana Strezeva, piano; Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Dmitry Kouzov, cello); Mozart Viola Quintet in C Major (Milana Strezeva, piano; Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Dmitry Kouzov, cello); and Tchaikovsky String Sextet, Souvenir de Florence (Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Ehrlich, violins; Rami Solomonow and Michael Klotz, violas; Dmitry Kouzov and Ben Wyatt, cellos). 

$20 general; $10 for students/youth

             

Friday, June 21

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

A Broadway Melody

Our high-energy Broadway extravaganza, with some favorite musical theater selections, returns! 

SOLD OUT

             

Saturday, June 22

8 p.m.; Recital Salon

         

Grand Finale - Gems and Masterpieces

Singers perform a stunning final concert featuring operatic selections from around the world, and guest artist instrumentalists present Schubert’s Notturno Piano Trio (Milana Strezeva, piano; David Ehrlich, violin; Ben Wyatt, cello) and Strauss’s Sextet for Strings, Capriccio (Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Ehrlich, violins; Michael Klotz and Rami Solomonow, violas; Dmitry Kouzov and Ben Wyatt, cellos). 

SOLD OUT


The Recital Salon and Haymarket Theatre are located in Squires Student Center.
 
Programs are subject to change.

Choose the Vocal Arts and Music Festival Package to receive tickets to all the events at 20% off regular admission price. Packages are $240 for adults and $120 for students/youth 18 years old and under.

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The Moss Arts Center is supported by Virginia Tech and the generous contributions of private donors. For information on how you can support the center, please contact Lois Badey, senior director of development, at 540-231-0608 or at labadey@vt.edu.

To make your gift in support of the Moss Arts Center, please visit Virginia Tech’s online giving homepage and select “Center for the Arts” from the designation-drop-down menu.

For a limited time, your $2,000 gift gives you the opportunity to name a seat in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, located in the Moss Arts Center. Your seat will be designated by an engraved nameplate. For more information, call Brittany Guill 540-231-0616.


Tickets

On sale beginning May 10


Contact:


Susan Bland
Communications Manager 
(540) 231-1986

Heather Ducote
Director of Marketing and Communications
(540) 231-7443
 

Festival at a Glance


Voice Faculty
Singers
Instrumental Faculty
Pianists
Student Chamber Seminar
Community-Based Events



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