A vibrant evening of newly composed songs for mezzo-soprano and baritone featuring settings of poetry by this year’s prizewinners in the Fordham University Press Poets Out Loud series. Mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae and baritone Kelvin Chan, joined by Jesse Goldberg on piano and Rebecca El-Saleh on harrp, will perform music by Ke-Chia Chen, Joshua Groffman (setting poetry by Gary Keenan), Lawrence Kramer, and Leaha Villareal (setting poetry by Michael Snediker).
Lucy Dhegrae, who is “everywhere new music is being sung” (New York Classical Review) regularly premieres new vocal works and operas. She is a core member of the new music group Contemporaneous and the director of Resonant Bodies, a festival of song held annually in New York and elsewhere, which she founded in 2013. Her opera premieres include Trillium J by Anthony Braxton, Andy: A Popera (Opera Philadelphia/Bearded Ladies Cabaret), A Marvelous Order by Judd Greenstein, and Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things. She has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Ensemble, and the Albany Symphony, among others, at such venues as Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center.
Kelvin Chan is a singer, performer, producer, and stage director, and the Founding General Director of Vital Opera. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and American Repertory Theater. Recent solo engagements include appearances with the Tri-Centric Foundation in Anthony Braxton’s opera, Trillium J, with Schlüterwerke (Vienna, Austria), Ostrava Days (Ostrava, Czech Republic), SEM Ensemble, Bard SummerScape, Manhattan Concert Productions, One Quiet Plunge, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, and Trinity Church’s Concerts Bach at One Series.
Jesse Goldberg graduated from Bard College in 2015 with degrees in Literature, Anthropology, and Music, with a specialty in collaborative piano. She completed her artist’s certificate in Collaborative Piano at Bard’s Conservatory in 2017 and is on track to complete her Masters of Music at Mannes in 2019. She was the recipient of the 2014 Shafer Award for Performance awarded by Joan Tower, and the 2015 Richard M. Siegel award to a music student who demonstrates academic excellence. She has accompanied at summer music festivals in the US, Greece,and Brazil, and this summer will accompany the Classic Lyric Arts festival in Italy.
Rebecca El-Saleh was born and raised in Texas where she has performed with the Houston Camerata. She holds a degree from the University of Toronto. (More to come.)