Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) is the subject of American Visionary, a Utah festival that celebrates his artistry with presentations of three evening-length works – The Vanishing Pavilions, Last Autumn, and On the Threshold of Winter – January 29 to February 1. On the Threshold of Winter will also receive its Chicago premiere with Ensemble Dal Niente and Ah Yong Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), January 18 and 20.
Musica Spira, under the direction of Grace Srinivasan (MM ’16, Voice) and current DMA candidate Paula Maust (MM ‘16, Harpsichord), will present a concert on Thursday, November 16, at 6:15 pm at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Md. The concert, “Let Me Speak: Rage, Sorrow, and Yearning in the Italian Baroque,” will feature works by Giacomo Carissimi, Barbara Strozzi, Domenico Scarlatti, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Michelangelo Rossi.
Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice) and saxophonist Alan Theisen will give multiple concerts as a part of their This World of Yes Tour. The two performed the same program in March, once in October, and will continue to perform throughout November. Locations include: Xavier University in New Orleans, La., on November 13, at 7:00 pm; Highlands UM Church in Birmingham, Ala., on November 14, at 7:00 pm; Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., on November 15, at 7:30 pm; Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, N.C., on November 16, at 7:30 pm; and in Atlanta, Ga., on November 18. They will present works by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Anna Brake, Ryo Noda, Chelsea Williamson, Michael Young, John Cage, Antoine Beuger, Jessica Rudman, Alan Theisen, and Nick Zoulek for mezzo-soprano and saxophone.
James Morris (’68, Voice) will be honored at the Martina Arroyo Foundation‘s 13th annual gala on Monday, November 13. The evening will also honor Ailyn Pérez, Chita Rivera, and Tommy Tune. This event will support their Prelude to Performance program. The evening’s gala includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and performances by the honorees and others.
James Morris (’68, Voice) sang his 1,000th performance at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday, October 17. He performed Timur in Puccini’s Turandot. He made his house debut in 1971 as the King in Aida. Morris went on to perform other roles, most notably Wotan in the Ring Cycle under James Levine.