Soprano Mary Mackenzie and pianist Heidi Louise Williams present Vocalisms, a recital featuring works from their new CD on Albany Records.
John Harbison Vocalism: A Grand Aria for Soprano and Piano (2004-2006)
Daniel Crozier Four Poems of Emily Dickinson (2014)
Ned Rorem Another Sleep: III (2000)
Francis Poulenc La courte paille (1960)
Daniel Crozier Historys Lamb (1995)
James Primosch Shadow Memory (2014)
John Harbison Seven Poems of Lorine Niedecker (2015)
James Primosch Three Folk Hymns (1996-2016)
Described by the New York Times as a soprano of extraordinary agility and concentration, and the Boston Globe as sensational, Mary Mackenzie has captured the attention of audiences throughout the United States.
A passionate performer of contemporary vocal music, Ms. Mackenzie has collaborated with Pierre Boulez, John Harbison, and James Primosch; and has worked closely with young composers to develop and premiere new works for voice. As a chamber musician, she has appeared with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Collage New Music, Ekmeles, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and The Knights.
Notable solo appearances include Harbisons Closer to My Own Life with the Albany Symphony; Elliott Carters Warble for Lilac Time with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Zosha di Castris Dear Life at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music; Boulezs Improvisations sur Mallarmé Nos. 1 & 2 for the composers 85th birthday celebration at Columbia Universitys Miller Theatre; Reinbert De Leeuws Im wunderschönen Monat Mai at the Bravo Vail Festival and the Smithsonian; Héctor Parras Hypermusic: Ascension at the Guggenheim Museum; Schoenbergs String Quartet No. 2 with the Borromeo String Quartet; and Pierrot Lunaire at Town Hall Seattle and the Rockport Music Festival. Ms. Mackenzie made her professional opera debut as Despina in Così fan tutte with Madison Opera, and appeared as Sister Léonide in the world premiere of Matt Marks and Paul Peers Mata Hari at the 2017 Prototype Festival in New York City.
Ms. Mackenzie's recordings include Vocalisms: songs by Crozier, Harbison, Primosch, and Rorem with pianist Heidi Louise Williams (Albany), John Harbisons Closer to My Own Life with the Albany Symphony (Albany), John Harbison: Songs After Hours (Albany), Cathedral Music with the 21st Century Consort, performing James Primoschs Sacred Songs and Meditations (Albany), Louis Karchin: To the Sun and Stars, performing To the Sun (Bridge), and The Opera America Songbook album, performing Richard Danielpours Homeward. www.marymacksoprano.com
Praised by New York critic Harris Goldsmith for her impeccable soloistic authority and dazzling performances, American pianist Heidi Louise Williams has appeared in solo and collaborative performances across North America and internationally. Her engagements have included recitals at Lincoln Centers Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Taiwan National Recital Hall in Taipei, the Chicago Cultural Center, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and festivals in France and Italy.
An ardent promoter of new music, Williams has worked with many distinguished composers. Her Albany Records solo CD, Drive American, was named among the top 10 classical albums of 2011 in the Philadelphia City Paper, featured in Fanfares 2012 Critics Want Lists, and has been described as veritably operatic, bold yet thoughtful, provocative and stimulating (Fanfare), possessing the muscularity and poetic power to bring this demanding repertory to life (American Record Guide).
Williams joined the College of Music piano faculty at Florida State University in 2007. Her growing roster of graduate and undergraduate students have won regional, national, and international recognition, and are actively employed in teaching and performing roles in the U.S. and abroad. Williams completed her BM, MM, and DMA degrees at the Peabody Institute, where she studied with Ann Schein and coached chamber music with Earl Carlyss, Samuel Sanders, Stephen Kates, and Robert McDonald. For more information, visit www.heidilouisewilliams.com .
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