“The Poet’s Love”

Friday, March 6, 2015
7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

    • Randall Scarlata, baritone
    • Hyeyeon Park, piano
    • James Winn, piano

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The Program

 

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Selected Songs
Auf der Donau, D. 553 (1817)
Fischerweise, D. 881 (1826)
Am See, D. 746 (1822)
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774 (1823)
Die Forelle, D. 550 (1817)
Der Schiffer, D. 536 (1817)
Fantasy in F minor for Four Hands, D. 940 (1828)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Dichterliebe Op.48 (1840)

The Artists

 

Randall Scarlata, baritone

Hailed for his warm, expressive sound, consummate musicianship and winning way with the audience, Randall Scarlata is firmly established as one of the most highly regarded musical interpreters of his generation. He is equally comfortable in Bach and Händel oratorio, Mozart and Rossini operas, the great song cycles, works from Tin Pan Alley, and the newest of new music. His performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America have garnered raves from audiences and critics alike. Mr. Scarlata has appeared as soloist with great orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna's Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Ulster Symphony, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the American Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony, as well as the Early Music ensembles Wiener Akademie, Musica Angelica, and the Grand Tour Orchestra. In addition, he has appeared at international music festivals including Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Vienna, Salzburg, Aspen, Spoleto, and on concert stages across five continents.

Mr. Scarlata's repertoire spans four centuries and sixteen languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, Thea Musgrave, Samuel Adler, Daron Hagen, David Ludwig, Wolfram Wagner, Mohammed Fairouz and Christopher Theofanidis. His performances of Songs of Tin Pan Alley with soprano Jennifer Aylmer are favorites of both art song aficionados and lovers of popular music. Mr. Scarlata enjoys important musical partnerships with pianists Richard Goode, Cameron Stowe, Jeremy Denk, Ken Noda, and Laura Ward. Through these collaborations, they have explored much of the art song canon, with recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; Wigmore Hall in London; the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; Cité de la Musique in Paris; the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna; the Musikhalle in Hamburg, among many others. In addition, Mr. Scarlata has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Arabesque and Albany labels.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances of Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Gilbert Kalish, the CD releases of his celebrated performance of the Celebrant in Bernstein's Mass (a Gramophone Editor's Choice), as well as songs of Lori Laitman and chamber music of Paul Moravec, the world premiere and recording of George Crumb's American Songbook, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Vienna and Los Angeles, Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Hyunah Yu and pianist Ken Noda, Brahms' A German Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and performances at summer festivals such as Kingston, Kneisel Hall, Music at Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Saltbay, and Bridgehampton chamber music festivals. With soprano Jennifer Aylmer and pianist Laura Ward, he has programmed six different lecture recitals on the music of Tin Pan Alley. As guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (a former member of Chamber Music Society Two), he recently performed songs from Schubert's last year with pianist Inon Barnatan and Schwanengesang with pianist Jonathan Biss, Die Schöne Müllerin with pianist Jeremy Denk at the Gardner Museum in Boston, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Dvorak's Gypsy Songs with conductor Sarah Hicks and the North Carolina Symphony, the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's Furia with the Borromeo String Quartet and the Imani Winds, music of Samuel Barber with the New World Symphony, and recitals throughout the United States. Mr. Scarlata will be seen this season in Opera Lafayette's production of Gretry's Le Magnifique (to be recorded for Naxos) at the Kennedy Center and at Lincoln Center, and as Alwan in Mohammed Fairouz's opera, Sumeida's Song, with mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey.

Randall Scarlata's awards include First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the 1997 Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the 1997 Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the 1998 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Mr. Scarlata received his undergraduate training at the Eastman School of Music, and then received a Fulbright Grant to continue his studies in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik. He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and was also a member of the Juilliard Opera Center. Mr. Scarlata spent several formative summers studying under the great French baritone, Gérard Souzay. Additional studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Académie Internationale d'Été in Nice (France), the Aspen Music Festival, and at the Steane's Institute of the Ravinia Festival solidified his musicianship. Of particular significance were five summers as a participant in the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with many important chamber musicians and developed some of his most rewarding musical partnerships.

Mr. Scarlata makes his home in Philadelphia, where he is very active in the Philadelphia musical scene. He regularly collaborates with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the wonderful art song recital project, Lyric Fest. He is a Sing for Hope artist, having been involved with the foundation for over 10 years. Mr. Scarlata serves on the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University. He regularly gives master classes in the United States and abroad.

Hyeyeon Park, piano

Selected as a ‘2012 Artist of the Year’ by Seoul Art Center, pianist Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist ‘with power, precision and tremendous glee’ (Gramophone). Praised for her “very sensitive” (Washington Post) and “highly nuanced” playing (Lucid Culture), she has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Japan and her native Korea. Since making her debut at the age of ten performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has been a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic, KNUA Chamber Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and Incheon Philharmonic to name a few. Her recent concerts have been presented at the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, the Trinity Wall Street Series in NYC, Philips Collection in Washington DC among others, leading her to venues such as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Kennedy Center and Seoul Art Center, to name a few.

Selected as “The Most Promising Young Artist” by Korean Ministry of Education, after winning the first prize at Chosun National Competition, Ms. Park garnered top prizes in numerous international competitions as well, including Oberlin International Piano Competition, Ettlingen International Piano Competition (Germany), Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition, Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Spain), Prix Amadeo International Piano Competition (Germany), and Corpus Christi International Music Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television in Korea, RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WETA (Washington DC), radio and channel LOOP in the States.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Park has collaborated with such luminaries as David Shifrin, Ani Kavarian, Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer,  Toby Appel, and Derek Han and many others appearing at Yellow Barn Festival, Santander Music Festival (Spain), Music@Menlo Festival and Chamber Music Northwest. She is the founding member of Atapine-Park duo and Atria Ensemble, groups that respectively won the prizes at Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition (Italy) and Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Her duo recordings for cello and piano with cellist Dmitri Atapine were distributed by Naxos to great critical acclaim. An advocate of new music, as a passionate musician who pursued career as a composer as well, Ms. Park enjoys working closely with the living composers, recently premiering a work by Patrick Castillo, and soon to collaborate on a project with Ezra Laderman.

Ms. Park holds a Bachelor of Music degree at Korean National University with Prof. Daejin Kim, a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music with Prof. Peter Frankl and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody Conservatory with Prof. Yong Hi Moon. The co-artistic director of Argenta Concert Series, Ms. Park is the piano professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and co-directs the Argenta Concert Series at UNR. She can be heard on Blue Griffin, Urtext Digital, HM and Naxos labels.

James Winn, piano

James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and principal keyboard of both the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestras since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of thirteen, and has been performing widely in North America, Europe, and Asia ever since. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 ARD International Competition held in Munich. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano), and the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Group for Contemporary Music, Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, and Bargemusic.

Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premieres and premiere recordings of many renowned composers, among them thirteen Pulitzer Prize winners, and has had performances archived in the prestigious “Art of the States” project. He is currently a member of Argenta Trio, a regularly featured performer in the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and appears frequently in recital with internationally acclaimed New York based violinist Rolf Schulte. An active recording artist, Winn is featured in more than three dozen CDs as soloist, chamber musician, and composer. Dr. Winn’s compositions have been performed internationally. He has received the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts’ Mousel/Feltner award for creative activity, an Artist Fellowship Grant in composition from the Nevada Arts Council, the 2007 Award for Creative Activity from Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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