Our 2019-20 season focuses on the ways music can remind and bring us comfort and solace. Our November concerts highlight music and texts that ask our audience to consider memories and locales from our lives that we look to for strength to continue through difficult times. Our February performances feature the Brahms Requiem, a piece that is meant to comfort those who grieve when loved ones pass. Our final performances in May include new works created by Boulder area high-school musicians. These concerts demonstrate that all ages can partake in the universal language of expression found when music and poetry unite.
Harumi Shiraishi, piano
Melanie Lawrence, piano
Anna Montgomery, soprano
Adam Ewing, baritone
Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem was first premiered in 1867. After revisions and the addition of a seventh movement, it was premiered again in 1868 as we know it today. This choral-orchestral masterwork has been performed consistently for its 150-year history and still resonates with audiences. Cantabile is honored to be the featured chorus for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance on February 23rd, 2020. In addition, Cantabile will be performing the four-hand piano version that was arranged by Brahms himself two weeks in advance on February 9th, 2020 at First Congregational Church of Boulder. Known often as a “Requiem for the living,” the scripture was chosen by Brahms to comfort those that the dead leave behind. In a letter to the conductor of one of the Requiem’s premieres, Brahms is noted as saying he wished it to be renamed to “A Human Requiem” for he hoped that all humanity, not just Germans, might take solace in its music and text. We hope to see you for either, or both, of these performances in February.
Anna Montgomery, soprano
Anna Montgomery is a lyric soprano establishing her career on the operatic and concert stage. In her recently completed graduate studies at Michigan State University, Ms. Montgomery sought to expand and diversify her performance capabilities. In addition to performing the roles of Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Rose Maurrant (Street Scene), and Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), she performed and produced a fully staged production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice. This production, put on in collaboration with the Advanced Studies Gateway at the FRIB, reinterpreted the classic myth to reflect the journey of love, loss, healing and beauty experienced by survivors of the #MeToo movement. In addition to these and multiple recitals, she has appeared in master classes with renowned artists including Renée Fleming, Richard Bonynge, Lenore Rosenberg, and Terri Hansen. Ms. Montgomery’s concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah with the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Fauré’s Requiem, as well as with MSU’s contemporary music series, Musique 21.
Adam Ewing, baritone
Lyric baritone Adam Ewing is an Affiliate Professor of Voice at Regis University. He made his operatic debut as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Loveland Opera, and his orchestral debut as the lead of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man with the Colorado Symphony. He has appeared as Bernardo and Officer Krupke (West Side Story), the Kaiser (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Schaunard (La Boheme), the Celebrant (Bernstein’s Mass), John Brooke (Little Women), among others. He was the chorus master for several Boulder Bach Festival productions, including the B minor Mass, and regularly performs with Central City Opera’s Touring Artists, as well as teaching, coaching, and accompanying singers. Mr. Ewing has performed the baritone solos in Fauré’s Requiem across the country. He has also sung the solos in the Messiah, both the Brahms and Duruflé Requiems, and Vaughan Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs and Dona nobis pacem, which he performed at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.
Stella Pradeau, piano
Five years ago, the Pasadena Master Chorale began a program that mentors and encourages high school-aged students to compose choral music. This year, their program will enter its sixth year, and has inspired Cantabile to do the same. Our final concert of the season will feature world premieres from new high school-aged composers of Boulder. Their voices are those that will frame and develop our future. In preparation for the performance they will be mentored by Kevin Padworski, celebrated Denver composer, Director of Vocal Music at the Colorado Academy, and Artistic Director of The Colorado Chorale. The program will also include music by Padworski and CU composition professor Cecil Effinger, plus other local composers. In addition, Boulder’s choral past will be lifted up as we celebrate the music of those on whom our young composers’ futures rest. Come join us as we listen as we welcome the newest voices of Boulder’s choral community.