Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival marries poetry with music

Harmony Cardenas

Following two many years of virtual concerts, the Vocal Artistry Art Music Competition will go dwell with a French theme this coming weekend.

Slated for the College of New Mexico’s Keller Corridor, the party mixes workshops and masterclasses with free of charge live shows. Every single year, organizers pick out a different language.

“The previous two many years it was Spanish,” founder/artistic director Jacqueline Zander-Wall claimed. “The up coming yr is going to be Italian.”

Seventy-seven students ranging from age 11 to adult will consider element in the competition culminating in concert events and awards.

An artwork song marries poetry with songs spanning throughout five generations, Zander-Wall claimed. This year’s composers will involve Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Gabriel Fauré, Ernest Chausson and additional.

Visitor artists will include things like Jonathan Retzlaff and Russell Miller from the Eastman University of Audio, Zander-Wall reported. Sylvie Beaudette, also from Eastman, will offer two diction classes on Saturday: starting French and how to seem like a French native.

The UNM Choral Concert will perform on Friday night time. Saturday will bring a “Recital of Mélodie” with the Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Reveka Mavrovitis and UNM school member James Flora.

The college students will vie for extra than $10,000 in scholarship awards.

“We are encouraging a great deal of middle and high college kids to take a look at this repertoire,” Zander-Wall reported. “It’s complicated mainly because it is in a diverse language.”

Performances will consist of collaborations between pianists and singers.

“The pianists actually appreciate accompanying the singers,” Zander-Wall explained. “The singer and the pianist are just the medium and the magic.”

Zander-Wall launched the function when she recognized Albuquerque lacked a related format.

“The inspiration was to enable other New Mexico singers in their journey,” she explained. “I felt like New Mexico wanted that type of encouragement. We have stunning choral teams. We have stunning theater groups, but this was a minor area of interest that hadn’t been tapped.”

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