15

Sep

Singing with Opera on Tap SF this Saturday!

Opera on Tap Gets Sassy
Saturday, Sept 20 at 7 pm
The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St x 17th

15

Aug

Singing this Sunday evening at Opera on Tap’s last show at Cafe Royale! Next month, we’re moving to the Mission!

Singing this Sunday evening at Opera on Tap’s last show at Cafe Royale! Next month, we’re moving to the Mission!

13

May

Art | Song Salon, May 15

So excited!

Art | Song Salon #3 is this Thursday starting at 7:30 pm! Come check it out at The Embassy House, 399 Webster x Oak.

Tickets are $15, http://artsongsalon051514.bpt.me/

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re·in·vent: verb (used with object)
1. to invent again or anew, especially without knowing that the invention already exists.
2. to remake or make over, as in a different form.
3. to bring back; revive. 

How can we gain inspiration from the past to inform today’s expression and tomorrow’s new directions? Rick Rodrigues, Professor Emeritus at CCSF, will share his method of how learning from the “old masters” has inspired his own personal work as well as informs the work of contemporary artists. We’ll get a chance to see this technique demonstrated live, by Cindy Shih. 

Jessica Wan and Tim Eischens will perform songs by composers Gounod, Hahn, and Stravinsky, exploring how they reinvented and repurposed music from the 1700s. And we’re excited to present two settings of “Widmung” (Dedication), a poem by Rückert: one by Schumann (1840), and one by pianist and composer Michael Anthony Schuler (2010), which was given its world premiere last fall with Jessica in a LIEDER ALIVE! recital. Michael will play both settings of “Widmung” and share his thoughts on setting the poem in today’s world.

11

Apr

This Sunday at 7pm, I’ll be singing with Opera on Tap at Cafe Royale. Come enjoy beer and opera! 

This Sunday at 7pm, I’ll be singing with Opera on Tap at Cafe Royale. Come enjoy beer and opera! 

28

Mar

The 2nd Art | Song Salon - April 3, 2014!

I’m so excited to present the next Art | Song Salon with my fearless co-founder Cindy Shih. We’re exploring the theme of Escapism through works of local artists Sandra Yagi, Chris Koehler, and Carol Chen. I’ll be singing “Nacht und Träume” by Schubert, “Solitary Hotel” by Barber, “Amor” and “George” from William Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs, and “Nella Fantasia” by Morricone.

Here’s the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378567649070433

And how to buy tickets in advance: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/612487

Hope to see you there, and thanks for your support!

18

Feb

Video footage of Lieder Alive! Recital!

Yes, I know you have been anticipating this! (ok, I’ve been anticipating this!) Here’s the Schubert set from last November’s Lieder Alive! recital: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0ZRgHJc8o8

1. Litanei
2. Gretchen am Spinnrade
3. An die Musik
4. Nacht und Träume
5. Ständchen

14

Feb

Sweet snap courtesy of Shaherose Charania at the Women 2.0 conference. It looks like I might be giving a talk, but I’m actually singing ‘O mio babbino caro’! 

Sweet snap courtesy of Shaherose Charania at the Women 2.0 conference. It looks like I might be giving a talk, but I’m actually singing ‘O mio babbino caro’! 

13

Feb

Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival

Last night, I had the opportunity to participate in a masterclass with soprano Lucy Shelton, working on “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” by Schubert with our Lieder Alive! Trio – the stunning clarinetist Natalie Parker and wunderkind pianist Mike Schuler. It’s been a little while since I sang in a masterclass, and I realized how much I love this type of learning: in-the-moment, intensive, exhausting, gratifying.

Afterward, I got to speak with many of the accomplished young musicians and faculty in the program, and I am so impressed by the level of musicianship, commitment, and connectiveness in this community. I met two girls who I would have sworn had known each other from birth (but had just met a couple years ago). We chatted about how playing chamber music requires a level of intimacy (sometimes quickly-developed intimacy) and trust that is akin to other types of deep relationships. It’s rare to develop and challenging to maintain. Some people describe the feeling as “magical” – a spark that you know just works, and best of all, the emotions and expression that you bring forth are often shared with an audience. I’m excited to be making chamber music again and honored to be part of the Festival, and I look forward to the next 4 days!

If you’re interested, here’s the full schedule of activities: http://creativestate.sfsu.edu/events/2014/02/13/6641

07

Feb

The first-ever Art | Song Salon was a smashing success! We had such an amazing, enthusiastic, engaged group of people participate in arts & civic dialogue. Can’t wait for the next one!

To stay on top of all the news, visit our shiny new website: www.artsongsalon.org

Photos courtesy of www.carloslphotography.com

26

Jan

February performances

I’m excited to be part of some wonderful music-making in February!

In/Access - The First Art|Song Salon!
Thursday, February 6, 7:30-9 pm
The Embassy Network, 399 Webster x Oak
$20 suggested donation
- Cindy Shih and I team up to present the first in a series of salons where we pair visual art and classical songs around a theme. This month’s theme is inaccessibility. We’ll use the art and music as a springboard for discussion. I’ll be singing songs by Copland, Barber, Fauré, Poulenc, and Satie, with the wonderful Tim Eischens on piano. Our venue is the beautiful Embassy Network co-living house in the Lower Haight, a perfect blend of history and forward-thinking to inspire our dialogue.

RSVP here if on Facebook, or reply personally to me by email.

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"Shepherd on the Rock," Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival
Masterclasses Feb 12 and 15 (open to the public!)
Concert Feb 16 at 7pm
Knuth Hall, SF State University Creative Arts Building
FREE event
- I’ll be participating on behalf of LIEDER ALIVE in a 2 masterclasses with soprano Christine Brandes, singing “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” (The Shepherd on the Rock) and other Schubert lieder. I’ll be performing in the finale concert Sunday, Feb 16, alongside some of the finest chamber musicians in the Bay Area!

http://creativestate.sfsu.edu/events/2014/02/14/6641

18

Jan

My next performance!

My next performance!

17

Jan

Next up: Opera on Tap, January 26!

Come hear arias and ensembles sung by an eclectic collective of opera singers, and drink some beer. I’ll be singing “Un bel dì” from Madama Butterfly by Puccini.

Opera on Tap
Sunday, January 26, 7 pm
Cafe Royale, 800 Post St x Leavenworth
FREE event

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And save the date…

In/Access - The First Art|Song Salon!
Thursday, February 6, 7:30-9 pm
The Embassy Network, 399 Webster x Oak
$20 suggested donation
- Cindy Shih and I team up to present the first in a series of salons where we pair visual art and classical songs around a theme. This month’s theme is inaccessibility. We’ll use the art and music as a springboard for discussion. I’ll be singing songs by Copland, Barber, Fauré, Poulenc, and Satie, with the wonderful Tim Eischens on piano. Our venue is the beautiful Embassy Network co-living house in the Lower Haight, a perfect blend of history and forward-thinking to inspire our dialogue.

13

Dec

Susan Gundunas Vocal Studio Recital, December 14

It’s that time of year - the most wonderful time of year, where students from Susan’s studio come together to present music they’ve been working on throughout 2013. I’ll be singing a few pieces tomorrow:

Bellini’s O Quante Volte, from I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Mozart’s Soave sia il vento, the lovely trio from Così fan tutte

Mozart’s Pa..Pa…Pa…, Papagena and Papageno’s duet from The Magic Flute

Vivaldi’s Laudamus Te from Gloria

The concert is tomorrow, Dec 14 at 5 pm at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122.

Happy Holidays!

28

Nov

Photos from my LIEDER ALIVE debut recital with Michael Anthony Schuler!

Thanks, Tibor Szabo of Salle Pianos, for providing the gorgeous space for the recital. (Tibor’s pictured in the middle photo!)

Thanks, Cindy Shih, Carol Chen, and Jessica Kirkpatrick for capturing these fresh snaps!