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Songs from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
Sun, 03/10/13 (600 days ago)  
From: 03:00 PM To: 04:30 PM  
Location: An die Musik Live
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Kennst du das Land
An Exploration of the Songs from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Musical selections by Schubert, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Thomas, Duparc and Wolf

Heather Lockard-Wheeler, soprano
Jennifer Blades, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Sauvageau, baritone
Diane Kinsley, piano

Tickets: $15/$10 students & seniors

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Heather Lockard-Wheeler, soprano, is a versatile singer, dancer, and choreographer who is equally at home performing opera, art song, and cabaret. Praised by The Baltimore Sun for "her sure, vibrant singing," and by The Towson Times for "a clearly enunciated and heartfelt performance," Ms. Lockard-Wheeler has sung with such companies as the former Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Columbus, The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Spoleto Festival Choir in Italy, and the Young Victorian Theatre. A native of Germanotown, MD, Ms. Lockard-Wheeler holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Graduate Peformance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

Opera credits include Cunegonde (Candide), Lucy Brown (The Threepenny Opera), Fire and Nightingale (L'enfant et les sortilèges ), Queen of the Night and First Lady (Papageno), Ida (Die Fledermaus), Stella (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Elsie Maynard (The Yeoman of the Guard), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). In addition to several choreographing exploits, Ms. Lockard-Wheeler's most recent endeavor has been The Champagne Hour, and original fourpart women’s cabaret group. Formed in 2009, the group pays tribute to Lawrence Welk, as well as others, with a fun Baltimore “Hon” twist.

Heather resides in Hampden (Hon!) with her fantastic husband and daughter.

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Hailed by The Baltimore Sun for the shining color in his singing and spoken lines and the spark and nuance of his acting, Andrew Sauvageau, baritone, enjoys a diverse musical career, singing works written centuries ago as often as those written yesterday. He has worked with Great Noise Ensemble, the Chandos Orchestra, Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, Bel Cantanti, St. Petersberg Opera, Opera Lafayette and New York City Opera. Mr. Sauvageau adores singing the German romantic masters, and leaps at the opportunity to perform such wonderful music. Additionally, his love of 20th century and contemporary American song has led him to perform a variety of concerts nationwide to include the premieres of several new works by emerging American composers. Mr. Sauvageau is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and of University of Oregon. He has recorded two French rarities on the Naxos label with Opera Lafayette.

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Diane Kinsley, pianist, has been in demand as a performer and teacher in the Baltimore- Washington-Annapolis area for nearly 20 years. She has been the rehearsal accompanist and performed with Opera Vivente, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, and Young Victorian Theatre Company, as well as with Arundel Vocal Arts, Annapolis Symphony, New Moon Theater, and Opera Odyssey Theater. Music Series that she has performed on include Washington Performing Arts, Cello Speak, Live Arts at St. Anne’s Church and St. Andrew by the Bay in Annapolis, Long Green Pike Music Series (Hydes, MD), and St. Cecilia Society (WV). Ms. Kinsley has also been a performer at Artscape (America’s largest free art festival), An Die Musik and Germano’s.

Ms. Kinsley has been on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College’s music department since 2001 as piano instructor (class and applied), faculty accompanist, rehearsal accompanist and coach for Opera AACC, organ instructor, co-teacher of Opera Workshop and chorus accompanist. She was featured with the AACC Symphonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in the spring of 2012. In the fall of 2012, she was the music director for Opera AACC’s production of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Schubert’s The Conspirators.

Ms. Kinsley earned a Master of Music degree in Ensemble Arts from the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Robert MacDonald and Boris Slutsky. Prior to that, she was a student of Lee Luvisi at the University of Louisville, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree while studying both piano and organ and performing solo recitals on both instruments. She also has a private studio in her home in Arnold, MD.

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Hailed as having a “juicy” and “colorful” tone as well as a “flair for comic mugging,” mezzo-soprano Jennifer Blades has been active on the East Coast for over a decade as a performer in opera and cabaret, classical singer, teacher, and stage director. Upcoming performances include alto soloist for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in April and the Frederick Syphony Orchestra in May, and alto soloist for Verdi's Requiem with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in December. Long interested in exploring the drama in German lieder, Ms. Blades is thrilled to be able to present this program which explores the music of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre. She hopes to eventually dramatize the music to create a performance piece in which the songs will be staged as a story.

Her cabaret credits include the original show, My Funny Valentine, at Don't Tell Mama in New York with Rick Jensen on piano and Lina Koutrakos as director, and at the Mid City Theatre in New Orleans. Ms. Blades has also performed Life, Love & Laughter, the American Kurt Weill; A Promised Kiss: Songs of Spring; Desire, Despair, Deceit, and Delight: A Holiday Cabaret; and Christmas Present at the Cabaret at Germano's and An die Musik in Baltimore.

Opera credits include Rosanna (The Barber of Baltimore), Julia Child (Bon Appétit), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Second Lady, (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld), Arminda (Mozart’s La finta giardiniera), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Bianca (Britten's The Rape of Lucretia), the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Narciso (Handel’s Agrippina), Second Nursemaid (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) for companies such as Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Vivente, Wolf Trap Opera, Baltimore's Artscape, and Opera AACC. Ms. Blades has also performed Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Tessa in The Gondoliers and Mad Margaret in Ruddigore with the Young Victorian Theatre. Ms. Blades received a Masters of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory where she is a faculty member and stage director with the Opera Department.

 
Andrew Sauvageau
Diane Kinsley
Jennifer Blades
Heather Lockard-Wheeler   
 
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