September 15 – October 1, 2017
Martha Guth, soprano
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Erika Switzer, piano
New Voices: Earthquakes and Islands
A newly commissioned work by esteemed Canadian composer Andrew Staniland on the brutally
honest, strange, and powerful poetry of Robin Richardson.
Earthquakes and Islands is a co-commission with Sparks & Wiry Cries and the Brooklyn
Art Song Society, and producing partner of the Vancouver International Song Institute
Earthquakes and Islands is an ambitious song cycle, that will take the poetry of Robin
Richardson, including poems from her forthcoming third volume of poetry “Sit how you want,” in
combination with the lyrical, forceful, moving musical landscape of composer Andrew Staniland.
Robin Richardson’s own artwork will illustrate the score and animator Hector Herrera has created
projectable animations based on Robin’s work to accompany the music (available, but not a requirement of the performance).
Choreography will also enhance the use of the stage by the performers.
Soprano Martha Guth’s recital performances include Wigmore Hall, the Leeds Lieder Festival and the Vancouver International Song Institute with Graham Johnson; the Liederkranz with Dalton Baldwin; recitals in NYC with Malcolm Martineau, and numerous appearances throughout North America and Europe with long time collaborator, pianist Erika Switzer. Her recitals have been recorded for the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, the BBC Radio in the U.K., and the WDR in Germany. Recent and forthcoming concert performances include The National Cathedral in Washington D.C., Sacred Music in a Sacred Space in NYC, The Flagstaff Symphony, the Newfoundland Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. Forthcoming recitals include Berlin, Worms, Hannover, NYC, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Norfolk, Virgina. Her operatic credits include The Canadian Opera Company, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Lyra in Ottawa, the Grazer Oper, Austria and Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Her discography includes Roberto Sierra’s ‘Beyond the Silence of Sorrow’ with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico for Naxos, and a solo disc of Schubert songs with fortepianist Penelope Crawford for Musica Omnia. She is part of the founding faculty at the Vancouver International Song Institute and co-directs their Contemporary Performance Studies program. With Erika Switzer, she is Co-Creator of Sparks & Wiry Cries: a tripartite initiative with a focus on art song that combines performance, new song commission and a global platform online for Art song. More information can be found at www.sparksandwirycries.com.
Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Huntsman in Dvorák’s Rusalka. At the Spoleto Festival, he debuted as Mr. Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora, returning the next season as the Speaker in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Other appearances have included the role of Raymondo in Handel’s Almira, Dandini in Rossini’s La cenerentola, and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Issued on the CPO label is his Boston Early Music Festival recording of the title role in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Mr. Duncan’s concerts include Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony, Berlioz L’enfance du Christ with the Montreal Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Munich Bach Choir and others, Haydn’s The Creation with the Québec, Montreal, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Calgary Philharmonic and Philharmonie der Nationen, Handel’s Messiah with Tafelmusik, the Handel and Haydn Society and others, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Montreal, Toronto, and Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestras. Frequently paired with pianist Erika Switzer, Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, and Paris, and throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, and South Africa. Mr. Duncan has received prizes from the Naumburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Munich’s ARD competitions, and won the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis Award, and Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia, Germany’s Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg), and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich). He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute. Mr. Duncan’s recordings include Bach’s St. John Passion with Portland Baroque and a DVD of Handel’s Messiah with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony from CBC Television. On the ATMA label are works by Purcell and Carissimi’s Jepthe with Les Voix Baroque. www.tylerduncan.com
Canadian collaborative pianist Erika Switzer made her American debut at the Kennedy Center in 2003. Since that time, she has established herself as the frequent partner of several notable vocalists, including baritone Tyler Duncan, tenor Colin Balzer and soprano Martha Guth. Ms. Switzer has performed recitals at New York’s Frick Collection, Rockefeller University, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), and for the 5 Boroughs Music Festival. In Europe, she has performed as a guest of Pro Musicis at Paris’ Salle Cortot and for the Poulenc Academy at the L’Hôtel de ville de Tours. Other European performances include appearances at the Göppingen Meisterkonzerte, the New Discoveries series at the Baden-Baden Festspiele, an the Winners & Masters series in Munich. In her native Canada, she has performed at the Chamber Music Festivals of Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver, and for resenters including Music on Main, Debut Atlantic, Prairie Debut, Roy Thomson Hall Presents: Canadian Voices, and the André Turp Society. Ms. Switzer has been recorded by the CBC, Dutch Radio (Radio 4), SWR and the Bayerische Rundfunk in Germany, WQXR New York and WGBH Boston. Together with Martha Guth, Erika is co-creator of “Sparks & Wiry Cries: The Art Song Magazine,” which can be found at www.sparksandwirycries.org. Her recording of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, on the Sparks & Wiry Cries label, is available for purchase on iTunes. Ms. Switzer is on the music faculty at Bard College and the Bard Conservatory of Music. She is a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and co-director of its Contemporary Performance Studies program. Erika Switzer won First Prize for best pianist at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Best Pianist award at the Robert Schumann International Vocal Competition. Following seven years in Germany, Ms. Switzer recently completed her doctorate at the Juilliard School of Music. www.erikaswitzer.com
Dichterliebe, Op. 48 Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
- Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
- Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
- Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube
- Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’
- Ich will meine Seele tauchen
- Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
- Ich grolle nicht
- Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen
- Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
- Hör’ ich das Liedchen klingen
- Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
- Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
- Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet
- Allnächtlich im Traume seh’ ich dich
- Aus alten Märchen winkt es hervor
- Die alten, bösen Lieder
New Voices: Earthquakes and Islands Andrew Staniland
Earthquakes and Islands Andrew Staniland
- Meditations Before and After Living (soprano & piano)
- Reddened by Hammer (baritone & piano)
- Future Perfect (baritone & piano)
- Without a Roof (soprano & piano)
- My Voice, in My Mouth (soprano & piano)
- All the Grey Areas are God (baritone & piano)
- Aurora Borealis (soprano & piano)
- Go by Contraries – Interlude: Earthquakes and Islands – Allegro (soprano, baritone & piano)
Earthquakes and Islands is an ambitious newly commissioned song cycle by esteemed Canadian composer Andrew Staniland on the brutally honest, strange, and powerful poetry of Robin Richardson.
Earthquakes and Islands is an ambitious newly commissioned song cycle by esteemed Canadian composer Andrew Staniland on the brutally honest, strange, and powerful poetry of Robin Richardson. Earthquakes and Islands was a co-commission with Sparks & Wiry Cries and the Brooklyn Art Song Society, and producing partner of the Vancouver International Song Institute. Robin Richardson’s own artwork will illustrate the score and animator Hector Herrera has created projectable animations based on Robin’s work to accompany the music.
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