The Final Months
About the Artists
Deanna Breiwick, soprano
American soprano Deanna Breiwick is enjoying an exciting and diverse career. She is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist, a 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the Sullivan Foundation Vocal Competition, and a First Prize Winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. She also holds awards from the George London Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and has received a Richard F. Gold Career Grant. This season, she made her European operatic debut with the Zurich Opera House, where she returns in the 2014–15 season as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Eliza in Il re pastore.
Laura Flax, clarinet
Laura Flax is principal clarinetist with New York City Opera and the American Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic. A member of the Naumburg Award–winning Da Capo Chamber Players for 20 years, Flax has been involved in more than 100 premieres, including works by Joan Tower, Philip Glass, and Elliott Carter. Her recordings of Tower’s Wings and the music of Shulamit Ran are available on the CRI label and Bridge Records, respectively. She serves on the faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music and in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division.
American baritone Andrew Garland is equally at home in opera, concert, and recital. Engagements this season include Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; a double bill of Silvio in Verdi’s Pagliacci and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Hawaii Opera Theatre; concerts with Colorado Bach Ensemble and Boston Baroque; and many recitals. Career highlights include leading roles with Seattle Opera, Dayton Opera, Atlanta Opera, Knoxville Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, and Opera New Jersey, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall. Recordings include American Portraits (GPR Records), Lee Holby: A Pocket of Time (Naxos), and On the Other Shore (Azica).
Among the recent performance highlights for London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane were the Busoni Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall; premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic; and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete nocturnes at Wigmore Hall. Five times soloist at the BBC Proms, Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds 90 works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the BBC and ABC orchestras; the American, Bournemouth, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and Orchestre National de France; among others. Since 2007 he has been artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. His most recent solo recording is Piers Lane Goes to Town (Hyperion).
Anna Polonsky has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and many others. She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Anton Kuerti, and Arnold Steinhardt. She regularly performs at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, and Bard. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College.
Pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. The 2014–15 season features his third performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a North American tour with the world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre in an enhanced piano recital of Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux. Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.
Tenor Scott Williamson is artistic director of Opera Roanoke, where he produced the company’s first-ever staging of Wagner (Der fliegende Holländer) and the western Virginia premiere of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. The Times of London called his debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre “brilliant.” Williamson’s repertoire ranges from Baroque oratorio to contemporary opera and musical theater. His performances of works by Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes. His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was acclaimed as “one of the best ever” upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art, where he is guest curator in music.
Bard Music Festival Presents
The Final Months
1 pm Preconcert Talk: Scott Burnham
1:30 pm Performance: Deanna Breiwick, soprano; Laura Flax, clarinet; Andrew Garland, baritone; Piers Lane, piano; Anna Polonsky, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; Scott Williamson, tenor
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Rondo in A Major, for piano four hands, D951 (June 1828); Der Doppelgänger, D957/13 (August 1928); Piano Sonata in A Major, D959 (September 1828); Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (October 1828); Die Taubenpost, D965 A (October 1828)
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