Debussy Ariettes Oubliées, Beethoven Sonata No. 31, Mendelssohn Konzertstück for two clarinets

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Sonata N. 31 Op. 110 Movement 1 and 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II.  Allegro molto

Abigail Habegger, piano

Ariettes Oubliées (Forgotten Songs) by Claude Debussy

  1. C’est l’extase (It’s ecstasy)
  2. Il pleure dans mon cœur (It rains in my heart)
  3. L’ombre des arbres (The shadow of the trees)
  4. Paysages belges: Chevaux de bois (Belgian countryside: Wooden horses)
  5. Aquarelles: Green (Watercolors: green)
  6. Aquarelles: Spleen (Watercolors: spleen)

Kristen Swenson, soprano
Abigail Habegger, piano

 Konzertstück for two clarinets, Op 114 by Felix Mendelssohn
1st Movement (Allegro Agitato), Duo No. 2 by Bernhard Crusell (1775-1838)

Katie Beisel-Hollenbach and Julie Shankland, clarinets
Abigail Habegger, piano

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Abigail Habegger is new to the Seattle area. She started playing the piano at 5 years of age and enjoyed playing in competitions and accompanying concerts while growing up . She formed her own private piano studio, ADK Studio, where she taught students of all ages. In addition to her private studio, Abigail has been involved in many musical endeavors. She is known for her solo work as well her collaboration with other artists, including opera, chamber music, juries and competitions. Among her many experiences, Abigail has accompanied rehearsals for La Traviata in Urbania, Italy, Broadway shows such as Cabaret, touring children’s choirs, and members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also was a member of THESIX, a chamber music sextet whose mission is to promote the appreciation and education of quality chamber music works to the public. While in Chicago, Abigail was a member of the MTNA, ISMTA, and the Downers Grove Music Club. She holds a Bachelor in Music from DePaul University and a Masters Degree in Music from Northern Illinois University. Abigail also loves hiking, running, baking and keeping up with her 3 young children Alyse, Arakel and Anya as well as her husband Steve.

Katie Beisel Hollenbach received a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Denver, twice placing in the Boulder Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, as well as traveling to Assisi, Italy as a finalist in the International Clarinet Association’s annual research competition. She recently completed her PhD in musicology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and now works as the assistant director of admissions, recruitment, and community outreach at the University of Washington School of Music.

Kristen Swenson (soprano) is a graduate of Western Washington University where she received her Bachelors in music and a graduate of University of Nebraska Lincoln where she received her Masters in music. Her previous operatic roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, La Fèe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Diana in William Bolcom’s A Wedding, Geraldina in A Hand of Bridge, and her European debut as Berginella in La Périchole. Up next she will be making her debut in Lyric Opera Northwest’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. She will also perform in the upcoming concert series put on by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. She will perform Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées in November and “Schlafe, mein Liebster” from Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen in the Bach Centennial in the spring.