University of Puget Sound Director of Vocal Studies, Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano makes her LMC debut on Saturday, December 2 at the Frye Art Museum.
Dr. Padula will perform Maurice Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles (Natural Histories) a song cycle of poems about various animals and will be accompanied by Joan Lundquist on piano. Dr. Padula’s detailed biography, recordings and upcoming performances can be found at dawnpadula.com
The other half of the one-hour program will be international performing and recording artist Hilary Field, guitar, performing works of her own composition. Find out more about Hilary at hilaryfield.com.
*The five songs of Histoires Naturelles are:
Le paon (The peacock) – The peacock is described as waiting in his finery for the peahen he is to marry. She does not appear, but his vanity makes him confident that she will come tomorrow.
Le grillon (The cricket) – The cricket returns to his home at the end of the day and obsessively puts it in order, before burrowing deep into the earth.
Le cygne (The swan) – The swan is distracted by reflections in the water, confusing the image of his own neck for a woman’s arm. Each time he plunges his beak into the water vainly fishing for reflections he brings out a worm, and so grows fat.
Le martin-pêcheur (The kingfisher) – A fisherman is pleased and proud that a beautiful kingfisher has just perched on his fishing rod before eventually flying on.
La pintade (The guinea fowl) – The guinea fowl is ugly and belligerent, attacking the hens and even the turkey in the farmyard. She occasionally gives them some respite when she leaves the yard to lay an egg out of sight, in the countryside.
Widely considered the golden age of Russian opera, the 19th Century was a time of flourishing growth and development of an original Russian style.
LMC Opera Group will trace Russian operatic history beginning with the groundbreaking work of Mikhail Glinka. He is regarded at the father of Russian classical music and his style was highly influential on those who came after, notably a group who were referred to as “The Five” or “The Mighty Handful.”
Our first ever program of Russian opera program features arias and scenes sung concert style in Russian with historical notes and commentary by Director Regina Thomas with music by Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Rubinstein, Musorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky.
Featured performers: Regina Thomas and Meg Daly, sopranos, Dawn Padula and Janene Nelson mezzo-sopranos and Maria Khavin, pianist and Russian language coach.
A one hour program of solo piano and vocal works as well as the first movement of the Debussy’s only cello sonata will be performed by LMC members.
Midge holds degrees in Music History from Pomona College and Yale University, and has done doctoral work at the Fielding Institute. Her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Puget Soundings, USA Today, Perspectives of New Music, and numerous educational newsletters.
LMC member pianist Geísa Dutra is the recipient of a 2017 4CULTURE Grant Award and the 2013 Artist Trust GAP Award in Seattle. A foremost performer of Ibero-Latin American art music, her recordings include: Brazilian and Spanish Piano Works; Chopin – Preludes; El Ultimo Tango – Six Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and The Spanish Piano. She has recorded for NPR and music radio stations in the United States and television in Brazil. Her debut in Europe was described as “A brilliant evening” (Wolluwe News, Brussels) and England’s Nottingham Evening Post reported, “It was a privilege and a treat to hear pianist Geísa Dutra… a gorgeous range of expression.” WWW.GEISADUTRA.COM