European American Musical Alliance
July 15, 7pm EDT, 4pm PT
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Rameau: Viens hymen
Debussy: La Romance d’Ariel; Pantomime; Romance
Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Benjamin C.S. Boyle: Zelda’s Dream
Philip Lasser: In Colors of Feelings
1. Death of the Muse
3. You sing for me
4. When our Hearts Were Young
Since 1995, EAMA's founders, Narcis Bonet and Philip Lasser, and the core faculty, have shared the vision and the commitment to impart a legacy training that focuses on method as an inroad to discovering one’s musical ear. The curriculum, building upon Nadia Boulanger’s vision, includes intensive coursework in the fundamental tools of musical understanding, choral singing, and musicianship classes.
With more than 1,000 students having been educated through our summer Institute in Paris, our alumni represent the finest in classical music today. Our faculty, also, hold appointments at the most prestigious universities and are awarded with the most respected accolades and commissions.
This year EAMA goes online for the first time. But that doesn't stop us from hosting concerts! We are thrilled to present Rebecca Myers, soprano and Laura Ward, piano in a recital of Rameau, Debussy, Barber, Lasser and Boyle in a program that showcases the long and indelible connections of French music and training.
About the artists
Soprano Rebecca Myers is a solo and ensemble singer who performs an exceptionally wide range of repertoire around the world. She is a member of The Crossing, the two time GRAMMY award-winning vocal ensemble fully dedicated to the performance of new music. This fall Rebecca and Benjamin presented a recital at The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. She appeared with Seraphic Fire for a rare performance of Hildegard of Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum in and around the Miami area. She is a founding member of the vocal sextet Variant 6, an ensemble that specializes in the juxtaposition of early music and new music in interesting and creative venues. This season Rebecca will sing as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire, Tempesta di Mare, Choral Arts Philadelphia, and with the Market Street Music series in Harrisburg. In past seasons Rebecca has sung with Lyric Fest, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Opus Opera, and Bourbon Baroque.
Laura Ward is pianist and Artistic Director of Lyric Fest, www.lyricfest.org, a unique vocal recital series in Philadelphia. As a distinguished collaborative pianist she is known for both her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles. Concert engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Spoleto Festival (Italy) and the Colmar International Music Festival and Saint Denis Festival in France. She has served on the faculty at The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College, The Academy of Vocal Arts, Temple University, Ravinia Festival Stean’s Institute, Washington Opera, University of Maryland and The Music Academy of the West. Laura’s discography includes Lineage with Grammy Nominated Baritone, Randall Scarlata, In This Blue Room, Lyric Fest performs Songs of Kile Smith and Daron Hagen 21st Century Song Cycles. Laura is also a recording artist and editor of song accompaniments for publisher Hal Leonard having co-edited: Richard Strauss: 40 Songs, Gabriel Fauré: 50 Songs, and Johannes Brahms: 75 Songs and recorded over 2000 song accompaniments for Hal Leonard Publishing. These volumes help countless singers and pianists experience, learn and enjoy the art song repertoire and also help introduce a world of art song to many who have had little exposure to classical song. A native of Texas, Laura received her Bachelor in Music degree from Baylor University, holds a Masters in Collaborative Piano at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Doctorate In Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where she was a student of Martin Katz.
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