Soprano Katherine Copland on BMC Night Beat
Soprano Katherine Copland brings BMCs Centennial Season to a close with a springtime recital.
Ms. Copland is a hometown gal, now resident in New York City. She graduated from UW, won the coveted role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at Manhattan School of Music, spent some time honing the big roles in Italy at Chiari and Urbania, and has recently been seen back in New York as soloist in the Washington Square Festival, and in the Brahms Requiem with Collegiate Chorale, among others.
Her collaborator for these recitals will be the distinguished Abdiel Vázquez. He was widely hailed as Mexico's greatest pianist after his debut at 21 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto. Ten years later, he is on the coaching faculty of The Manhattan School of Music, works with singers from Juilliard and the Metropolitan Opera, and is in worldwide demand as pianist and conductor.
The theme is set by two American opera arias, "Ain't It a Pretty Night!" by Carlisle Floyd, and "I Want Magic!" from André Prévin's A Streetcar Named Desire, plus "Song to the Moon" from Dvoák's Rusalka. Ms. Copland is also releasing a whole flock of songs about nightingales by Brahms, Berg, Grieg, Schubert and Granados. Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs transport us from Spring into Fall, and a glorious Sunset at the end of the day.
Katherine will be joined by her father, Dr. Michael Aaron Copland. By day he's Deputy Superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools, but he's an accomplished cellist, launched like so many others by the peerless Joanne Donnellan. The pair will collaborate on Massenet's haunting Elegy, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos.
First Congregational Church (View)
2401 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
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