Christopher H. Gibbs Discusses Program Seven: Late Ambitions
Christopher H. Gibbs talks about Schubert and Opera
The Making of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About the Beginning of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About Bard Music Festival: Schubert and His World
About the Artists
Paul Appleby, tenor
American tenor Paul Appleby’s 2013–14 operatic engagements include debuts with Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Washington National Opera, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera and to Oper Frankfurt. Concert performances include Maverick Concerts, a recital at Pace University, and a joint recital with baritone Joshua Hopkins presented by the Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. Highlights of past seasons included singing the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Hylas in Bizet’s Les Troyens for the Met, and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Boston Lyric Opera (company debut). He was a national winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Hailed by the New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the members of the Horszowski Trio played together for the first time in 2011 and immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School more than 20 years ago, when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski, who, upon being discovered by Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The Trio has toured throughout the U.S., Japan, and Hong Kong. Their debut recording, of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy—all composers Horszowski knew—will be released by Bridge Records in 2014.
Zohar Schondorf, horn
Upon finishing his B.M. degree from The Juilliard School in 1995, Zohar Schondorf returned to his homeland, Israel, to assume positions as associate principal horn with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and principal horn with the Israel Symphony/Opera Orchestra. He now serves as principal horn for the American Symphony Orchestra. Schondorf has been featured as a regular member and in cast recordings of Broadway shows such as Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, The Addams Family, and Ghost, Schondorf joined Zephyros Winds in 2008 and has been a member of Sylvan Winds since 2002.
Andrew Schroeder, baritone
Baritone Andrew Schroeder has performed on major operatic stages worldwide in diverse roles, such as Mandryka in Richard Stauss’s Arabella, Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Tarquinius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the title roles in Enescu’s Oedipe, Chausson’s Le roi Arthus, and Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. Schroeder has appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Opera de Paris; La Monnaie, Brussels; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; and La Fenice, Venice, among other venues. A frequent guest of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Bard SummerScape festival, he has recorded Le roi Arthus (Telarc), Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei (Dynamic) and Roberto Devereux (Naxos), and Shostakovich’s Le nez (Suissa).
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Soprano Sarah Shafer has sung principal roles with San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera Philadelphia, and Opera Memphis. She was heard most recently as Nuria in Golijov’s Ainadamar (Opera Philadelphia). Shafer has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Royal Albert Hall in London, National Orchestra of Mexico, and Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent works performed include Bach’s St. John Passion, Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut performing as a soloist with the New York Choral Society in works of Respighi and Finzi.
Brian Zeger, piano
Brian Zeger, pianist, is also as an ensemble performer par excellence, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator, and educator. He has collaborated with many of the world’s top singers, including Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and Adrianne Pieczonka. He is the artistic director of the Vocal Arts Department at The Juilliard School and executive director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. He has taught at the Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Institute, Mannes College of Music, and Peabody Conservatory. His critical essays and other writings have appeared in Opera News, Yale Review, and Chamber Music magazine.
Bard Music Festival Presents
7:30 pm Preconcert Talk: Christopher H. Gibbs
8 pm performance: Paul Appleby, tenor; Harlem Quartet; Horszowski Trio; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Andrew Schroeder, baritone; Brian Zeger, piano; members of the Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; and others
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
First Movement from String Quartet in D Minor, D810 (1824); Fragment aus dem Aeschylus, D450 (1816);Die Allmacht, D852 (1825), Der Wanderer an den Mond, D870 (1826); Schlachtgesang, D912 (1827);Ständchen, D920 (1827); Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D929 (1827); Der Kreuzzug, D932 (1827); Die Sterne, D939 (1828); Auf dem Strom, D943 (1828)
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater