SPU Faculty member Janene Nelson makes directorial debut with LMC Opera Jan 14 and 21

Janene Nelson, SPU vocal faculty and LMC performing member makes directorial debut with LMC opera this month with performances on January 14 at the West Seattle Library and January 21 at Mirabella in South Lake Union, Seattle. Ms. Nelson leads a cast of four singers and one pianist presenting a historical timeline tracing opera from its genesis through the early classical era of Christoph Willibald Gluck. Other notable debut performances include Seattle Opera teaching artist Darrell J. Jordan, baritone and noted Baroque specialist, Lisa Cardwell Pontén of the St. James Cantorei. Biographies of all three artists are below.

 

Janene Nelson is a Seattle-area mezzo-soprano whose “gorgeously sung” performances range from opera and oratorio to early music. Her operatic roles include Dorabella, Third Lady, Prince Orlofsky, Miss Todd, and Nicklaus, and her recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Janene was a founding member of the early music ensemble Vox Resonat from 2011-2014 and sang with the Oregon Bach Festival for seven seasons as a member of the Berwick Chorus. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance and arts administration from the University of Oregon and is currently on the voice faculty at Seattle Pacific University.

In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, Darrell J. Jordan’s  recent solo concert engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Missouri Symphony, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony. Opera credits include Winter Opera Saint Louis, St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre. He will make his Puget Sound Concert Opera debut in the fall of 2017. Additionally, Mr. Jordan is on the Teaching Artist roster for the Seattle Opera. He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the album St. Lawrence Psalter. He is a member and co-founder of the nationally recognized professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova.

Lisa Cardwell Pontén has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, both as a soprano soloist and a professional choral singer. She has had solo appearances with ensembles such as Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Pro Musica, Northwest Chamber Chorus, Baroque Northwest, Opus 7 and The Tudor Choir. She is a regular member of Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, The Emerald Ensemble and the St. James Cathedral Cantorei. Lisa also records soundtracks for film and video games, maintains a private voice studio for teenagers and adults, and frequently adjudicates for contests and competitions. One of her very favorite summer activities is serving on the faculty of Midsummer Musical Retreat, a camp for amateur adult musicians on the Whitman College campus in beautiful Walla, Walla, WA. Lisa received her Masters of Music in Early Music Performance from Indiana University.

 

UPS Voice Chair, Dawn Padula makes LMC Debut

December 2 program at the Frye Art Museum to feature Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano and Hilary Field, guitar

 

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

Hilary Field, guitar is a former Frances Walton Competition winner

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

*Song descriptions taken from Wikipedia.org.

For detailed program information see our web calendar.

All of our concerts are FREE and open to the public.

LMC Opera travels to Russia on November 13, 2017

Russian Opera of the 19th Century
Monday, November 13 at 7:30 PM ~ University House, Wallingford

 

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.

Midge Bowman, Former Executive Director of the Frye collaborates on Debussy Concert, Nov 4

Midge Bowman, Former LMC President, Exec Director Emeritus of the Frye

Former Executive Director of the Frye Art Museum and Past President of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, Midge Bowman, will be the special guest speaker at LMC’s “The Life and Works of Claude Debussy” concert on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 PM.  Midge will guide the audience through Debussy’s life as well as the development of his compositions over three distinct periods.

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.

Performing member auditions on November 5

LMC member auditions to be held on Saturday, November 5 from 12 noon to 4pm at Queen Anne Christian Church

Ladies Musical Club (LMC) members participate in a wide variety of rewarding music activities and collaborations with other women of similar interests. Join us in growing our presence and influence in the community. LMC membership is open to music and fine-arts advocates as well as actively performing musicians. In addition to our outreach programs, LMC promotes music among its members through interest groups, master classes, special events, professional networking and community building. All ages are welcome!

Malya sings Mahler

Applying for membership

Performing and At-Large membership is by invitation of the Board of Trustees, based on audition or résumé review. Annual dues are $100 for both At-large and Performing Members over age 32.  Members who are age 32 and under pay $90 per year. Dues for members accepted during the winter/spring auditions will be half the annual rate. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee, which will be applied to the annual dues for successful applicants. To apply:

Download the LMC application for membership (PDF).
Complete the application. Save and place your name where indicated in the file name.
Email the completed application to our membership committee.
Applicants can email the LMC membership committee at membership@lmcseattle.org with any questions that are not answered on the website, or if the application process cannot be completed.

LMC Member-musician auditions
LMC Performing Member auditions will be held on Saturday November 5, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen Anne Christian Church, Seattle. Please have your application in by October 23, 2016. An application received after this date may still be considered if the audition schedule permits. If not, the application will remain active for the Spring LMC Auditions.

Applicants wishing to be accepted as a performing member have two options: audition either as a solo performer or as a collaborative/ensemble performer. In either case, the applicant shall prepare three pieces in contrasting styles, for a total of about 15 minutes of music. Music does not have to be memorized. Other requirements for specific instruments and for singers are:

Pianists wishing to audition as accompanists, but not as solo pianists, should bring a collaborator to the audition. This may be a current collaborator or LMC may be able to find a current LMC member for this purpose. If a collaborator is needed, the applicant shall notify LMC with enough time to find someone, and for the applicant to be thoroughly rehearsed by the day of the audition.

Pianists desiring to perform both as soloists and accompanists should plan to complete an audition for each category. In this case, please submit only one application and fee.

Singers should prepare songs in three different languages. At least two of the selections should be art songs, as LMC primarily presents recitals.

Applicants wishing to audition as an ensemble-only performer, please indicate this on the application. We would strongly prefer to hear the audition with a collaborator. If you have questions about this, please contact LMC at membership@lmcseattle.org.

More information about the benefits of membership