Opera Grand Rapids Vocal Arts Series presents a diverse repertoire of art songs, arias and vocal arts selections in an intimate concert setting. The 2017 series features three captivating performances of vocal and piano quartet, famous arias from the piano and cello, and song selections by Opera Grand Rapids Emerging Artists.
Presented at Betty Van Andel Opera Center
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$30 advance, $35 day of show. Student tickets just $5 day of show (ID required). Seating is general admission.
For tickets, contact our Box Office at 616.451.2741 or purchase online at Ticketmaster.
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Casting, repertoire and event details are subject to change without notice or refunds, but are specified in good faith as accurate and updated accordingly. Refunds not accepted.
January 19 | 7:30 PM
Travel Through the Romantic Lieder | by Polydora Ensemble
Sarah Brailey, soprano
Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
Nils Neubert, tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Yuri Kim, piano
“Performing an array of compositions, the Ensemble delighted the audience with its elegant appearance and awesome interplay. From calm and soft, to quick and loud – the evening´s program was a variation on both style and sound.” -Germany.info
New York’s Polydora Ensemble specializes in 19th-21st century chamber repertoire for vocal quartet and piano and has been presented by the Brooklyn Art Song Society, the Consulate General to Germany, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. The group’s project-based modulations have ranged from individual guest singers, piano for four hands, strings, and lute, to percussion, toy instruments, smartphones, balloons, and tuned water bottles.
SURROUNDING THE PERFORMANCE
March 19 | 7:30 PM
Debut Album Release | by Il Duo Lirico
Nancy Steltmann, cello
Robert Byrens, piano
Seasoned musicians Nancy Steltmann and Robert Byrens unite to perform beloved arias from the cello and piano in their debut album release concert. The unique performance—quite likely the first of its kind—is a stunning combination of orchestra reductions on the piano and cello compositions in their original operatic keys and range. Often considered as the closest sounding instrument to the human voice, the cello mimics your favorite vocals with extraordinarily beautiful style. The concert will feature a performance of the release in its entirety along with first access to the album available for purchase.
June 8 | 7:30 PM
Opera Fusion | by Opera Grand Rapids Emerging Artists
Opera Grand Rapids Emerging Artists include young artists making prestigious debuts across the country, returning performers, and previous Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition winners. Opera Fusion will feature our talented young artists juxtaposing traditional arias with different musical genres. In addition to performances of your favorite opera arias, Opera Grand Rapids Emerging Artists will mashup fresh operatic vocals with popular songs to create surprisingly beautiful sounds.
SURROUNDING THE PERFORMANCE
Ballads & Brews June 1
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