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All I Was Doing Was Being
Chase Young Gallery
Boston, MA
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   Join us for an intimate evening of song at the Chase Young Gallery! Feast your ears on works of Fauré, Harbison, and Barber; feast your eyes on the beautiful paintings of YoAhn Hahn; feast your tummy on a wine and cheese reception.
      In this mystical odyssey through the centuries--from medieval Ireland, to sixteenth-century India to the dawn of time and Eve the mother of all--soprano Tamara Ryan and pianist Eri Nakamura explore three nineteenth-and twentieth-century song cycles, each one a poignant story of thirsting after and experiencing the Divine through the lens of the solitary human soul.
    Part of Boston Opera Collaborative's Spring Concert Series.
   Tamara Ryan, Soprano:  Hailed by The Boston Globe as a "breathtakingly solid" soprano, the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "fearless," and the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having a "captivatingly expressive strength," contemporary opera specialist Tamara Ryan is known for her nuanced and sensitive portrayals of women experiencing and responding to trauma and loss--a calling that she pursues both as a Boston-based soprano and as the founder and General Director of Opera Fayetteville.
    She has appeared in recent seasons as Sibyl Vane in Lowell Liebermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Stephanie in Jake Heggie's To Hell and Back,  Madame de Tourvel in Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, as well as starring in one-woman showpiece, Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, and premiering the title role in Daniela DeMatos' Ondine and the lead role of Sonny in the initial workshop of White Snake Productions' Permadeath.
    Eri Nakamura, pianist:  Eri Nakamura performed widely throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, and her native Japan. Noted for her sensitive and thoughtful playing, she is equally at home as a soloist and as a collaborator with singers and instrumentalists alike. As an avid chamber musician, she is a pianist of the critically-acclaimed Neave Trio. With violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its "Best of 2014" and Best of 2016 roundups, claiming, their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier. Neave Trio has performed and held residencies at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide and has appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country. In the fall of 2017, the Trio joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as an Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-ResidenceIn November 2018, Neave released their latest album titled Celebrating Piazzolla, featuring all new arrangements of Piazzolla's works for piano trio and voice by Argentine arranger Leonardo Suarez Paz on Azica Records. Neave released their second album, French Moments, on Chandos Records in June 2018. The album showcases works by Debussy, Fauré, and Roussel, and was featured on WQXRs list of The Best New Recordings of 2018. Their 2016 debut album, American Moments, was released to critical acclaim on Chandos Records, and features works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein.
Recent recitals include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Kennedy Center, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Izumi Hall in Osaka, D.O.O.R Hall and Aster Plaza in Hiroshima, Japan, Blackheath Halls in London, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom) and the Aosta Classica Concert Series and Teatro Romano in Italy.
Ms. Nakamura has also appeared as a soloist with Tokyos Edogawa Philharmonic, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra in Severance Hall. She has been featured on the Saugerties Pro Musica Concert Series, the Muhlenberg College Recital Series, the Chamber Music Society at Yale, the International Chamber Music Courses in Positano, the Piano Plus! Concert Series in New York, and the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Summer festival appearances include the Banff Centre, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, while she has been the repetiteur for La Lingua della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and Opera on the Avalon in St. John's, Canada.
A prizewinner of many competitions, she was the first prize winner of the Yale School of Music Chamber Music Competition, the Miyazawa Piano Competition in Japan, and the California State Division of the MTNA- Steinway & Sons Collegiate Artist Piano Competition, as well as recipient of the Distinguished Musician Award at the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Ragusa, Italy. In addition, Ms. Nakamura has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Mu Phi Epsilon Rose Lobe Collaborative Piano Award, the Helen Curtis Webster Award, the William B. Kurzban Scholarship and the Rosa Lobe Memorial Scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Henry & Lucy G. Moses Scholarship and Mary Clapp Howell Scholarship at Yale University, the Liberace Foundation Scholarship, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Piano Award and the Fine Arts Award in Piano.
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Chase Young Gallery (View)
450 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
United States


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > Classical
Other > Spiritual

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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