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In a real coup for the 2014 Festival, two exceptional opera luminaries—Susanna Phillips and Eric Owens—present an evening devoted to some of the most treasured songs by Franz Schubert in what is known as a Schubertiade. The soloists will be partnered by Myra Huang and Chicago Symphony musicians John Bruce Yeh and Daniel Gingrich. There will be just one other performance of this concert in 2014 … one week later at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
|Schubert||Auf dem Strom, D. 943|
|Schubert||Die Männer sind méchant, D. 866 No. 3|
|Schubert||Frühlingslaube, D. 686|
|Schubert||Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118|
|Schubert||Du bist die Ruh, D. 776|
|Schubert||Bei dir allein, D.866 No. 2|
|Schubert||Prometheus, D. 674|
|Schubert||Fahrt zum Hades, D. 526|
|Schubert||Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D. 583|
|Schubert||Viola, D. 786|
|Schubert||Ganymed, D. 544|
|Schubert||Der Wanderer, D. 493|
|Schubert||Auf der Donau, D. 553|
|Schubert||An die Musik, D. 547|
|Schubert||Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965|
Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. 2012-2013 saw Phillips take the stage of the Met for her fifth consecutive season, this time performing Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Edward Gardner.
Her opera season in New York City continues with her return to the Perlman stage at Carnegie Hall for a special concert performance, portraying Stella in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Renée Fleming—a role which she will then perform at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Phillips also makes her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall this season, presenting a program with accompanist Myra Huang in Weill Recital Hall.
Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and opera performances, Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.
Owens begins his 2013-2014 season in Berlin, performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. After mentoring the next generation of opera stars at the American Singers’ Opera Project at the Kennedy Center with friend and collaborator Renée Fleming, Owens will appear as Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera. He makes another role debut as Vodnik in Rusalka at Lyric Opera Chicago at the start of 2014.
John Bruce Yeh
The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo bass clarinet of the orchestra at the age of 19 by Sir Georg Solti. Two years later, he was named assistant principal and solo E-flat clarinet. He served as acting principal clarinet of the CSO from 2008 to 2011. Recently he has also performed as guest principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as of the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea.
Daniel Gingrich grew up in Stickney, Illinois. He was a member of the Chicago Youth Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (1969–1972) while studying with the Chicago Symphony’s Richard Oldberg. After attending Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College (now Chicago College of Performing Arts), he joined the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of 19. He played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, for one season before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1975. In 2002, Daniel Barenboim appointed him associate principal horn.
Acclaimed by Opera News as being “among the top accompanists of her generation,” and “a coloristic tour de force,” pianist Myra Huang regularly performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world. Among the notable venues where she has performed are Carnegie Hall, the Supreme Court, the Metropolitan Museum, Teatro alla Scala, and the Metropolitan Opera House.
Huang has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera and New York City Opera. Among the conductors she has worked with are James Conlon, Riccardo Frizza, Marco Armiliato, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Daniel Oren, Robert Spano, Patrick Summers, and Xian Zhang. From 2006 until 2008, she was a member of the music staff at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, where she worked closely with the company’s artistic director, Lorin Maazel, and director Zubin Mehta. She works regularly with Plácido Domingo for his competition Operalia, held at opera houses around the world such as Teatro alla Scala, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Opera House of the National Grand Theatre in Beijing, and Teatro Real in Madrid.