The DANK Haus in historic Lincoln Square presents "Songs for a Winter Afternoon" on Sunday January 29 2012 at 3:00 pm. This all German "Leider" kicks off a year of fine musical performances. Native Chicagoan Laura Strickling and pianist Liza Stepanova will delight with Franz Liszt's translations of Felix Mendelssohn's Fruehlingslied, Neue Liebe, Suleika, and Reiselied
Biographies Laura Strickling has been hailed by the The New York Times for her, "flexible voice, crystalline diction and warm presence." In 2010-2011, she won the Vocal Arts Society Discovery Competition, Gretchen Hood Memorial Competition, Russell C. Wonderlic Competition, The American Prize in Opera competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, and the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She won second prize in the Liederkranz Art Song Competition, third prize in the NATS Artist Awards national competition, and was a finalist in the Washington International Competition and the Joy in Singing competition.
Her concert engagements include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Beethoven's Mass in C, recitals at the American University of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, her Kennedy Center concert debut in Handel's Messiah, her Kennedy Center recital debut, and her Carnegie Hall debut. Ms. Strickling has been a recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest at Pepperdine and has appeared as a Resident Artist with the Berkshire Opera.
Future engagements include Mozart's Mass in c minor and Exsultate Jubilate with the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, D.C., a recital with composer Tom Cipullo at Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York City, and her return to Carnegie Hall. A Chicago native, Ms. Strickling holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and from the Moody Bible Institute. She is an avid traveler and recently returned from living in Fez, Morocco, where she studied classical Arabic.
Pianist LIZA STEPANOVA has performed extensively in Europe, recently embarking on a 15-concert tour through Germany and Austria. In the US, she has appeared in Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie; Alice Tully Hall, Merkin and Steinway Halls in NYC; Kennedy Center and The Smithsonian in Washington; and live on WQXR New York and WFMT Chicago. Ms. Stepanova has twice been a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra led by James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan, and was invited to the Davos Festival in Switzerland, Salzburg Schlosskonzerte, Music@Menlo, and La Jolla SummerFest. Highlights of the 2010-11 season included a recital and master class at the University of Georgia, Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and multimedia performances of Fanny Mendelssohn's hour-long piano cycle "Das Jahr".Winner of the Despy Karlas and Best Performance of American Work Prizes at the 2009 Liszt-Garrison competition, she received top prizes at the Juilliard Concerto, Five Towns, Susan Tajra, Steinway, and Ettlingen competitions, and, with Lysander Piano Trio, the Grand Prize at the 2011 Coleman, 1st Prize at the 2011 Arriaga, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 Fischoff chamber music competitions. Deeply committed to new music, Ms. Stepanova has performed with AXIOM, New Juilliard, and Mimesis ensembles, and worked with composers John Adams, Robert Beaser, John Harbison, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Tobias Picker, and Steve Reich. As a Lied accompanist, she studied with Wolfram Rieger, Margo Garrett and Brian Zeger, and was invited by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to perform in two of his month-long workshops and at the Hugo-Wolf-Tage Festival in Austria. Ms. Stepanova is a co-founder of SongFusion, a NY-based art song ensemble. She performed at the 2010 Cleveland Art Song Festival, the 2011 Castleton Festival, and was on the faculty at the 2011 SongFest at Pepperdine University. Ms. Stepanova studied at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, and with Seymour Lipkin and Joseph Kalichstein at The Juilliard School, where she is finishing her DMA this year and also teaches through several fellowships and as adjunct faculty.
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4740 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625