On Friday March 25 at 8 pm, enjoy art songs from the Romantic Period performed by mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote accompanied by Brian Ganz. The evening’s composers include German Robert Schumann, one of the greatest of the Romantic Period, Austrian Hugo Wolf, French composer Hector Berlioz and noted others. Vote frequently performs at Opernhaus Zurich; Ganz is considered a leading pianist of his generation. The concert, part of the 4th Friday series, will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), 333 Dubois Road. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information visit www.tinyurl.com/UUCA-concerts or call 410-266-8044 Monday – Thursday.
Robert Schumann wrote exclusively for the piano until 1840. In that year alone he composed 138 songs for vocal accompaniment. Austrian composer Hugo Wolf, particularly noted for his art songs (or lieder) brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music. Hector Berlioz, best known for his orchestra music, composed about 50 art songs.
Olivia Vote, noted for her “striking expressiveness,” completed a two year engagement with the Internationales Opernstudio at Operhaus Zurich and has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Rai National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy and was a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He has performed world-wide with major symphonies, has won international prizes and is committed to teaching and mentoring young artists both at Peabody Conservatory and St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Fourth Friday concerts are offered at 8PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA). Brian Ganz, the inspiration for the series, serves as periodic performer and artistic director. Individual tickets are $15 or purchase a Friday Five Pack at the door for $60. The next concert on April 22 features Dancing Heart Ensemble with Karen Johnson (flute), Manny Arciniega (percussion) and Carlos-Cesar Rodriguez (piano) performing innovative music. See www.uuannapolis.org/slider/fourth-friday for future programming.