"Together"  - A Celebration of the Finnish Centennial
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

"Together" - A Celebration of the Finnish Centennial

SASS is thrilled to be celebrating Finland's Centennial with an evening of art song and Finnish Christmas music.

Finnish art songs are woefully underrepresented in recitals, and this evening of music will show why these songs should appear on far more programs!

Explore the Finnish language, culture, history, and music through the music of composers Kilpinen, Merikanto, Nummi, Gothóni, Sallinen, Rautavaara, Sibelius, and Kuula. Hear how Kilpinen paints an aural picture of the landscape of the fens in Finland in his cycle Tunturilauluja. Hear the influence of Finnish folk music on composers like Merikanto and Kuula. Allow us to introduce you to Seppo Nummi, a 20th century composer that is hardly known at all in the US.

The program will feature works by all these composers and end with Christmas music by Sibelius and several other composers and arrangers to help us celebrate Finland and the holidays together.

Performers include baritone Ryan Bede (photo credit: Danielle Barnum), soprano Kimberly Giordano (photo credit: S. Richards Photography), and pianist Rhonda Kline.

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Celebrating the Life and Songs of Bern Herbolsheimer
Sep
23
7:30 PM19:30

Celebrating the Life and Songs of Bern Herbolsheimer

SASS is proud to be opening our 17-18 season with a recital featuring vocal works by celebrated Seattle composer Bern Herbolsheimer (photo credit: Rosetta Greek Photography).

He received recognition throughout the United States and Europe for over 500 works ranging from ballet to symphonic, operatic, chamber and choral works. His numerous major commissions and premieres included ballets for the Frankfurt Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Eugene Ballet. His first opera, Aria da Capo, won first prize in the National Opera Association's New Opera Competition. Mark Me Twain, his second opera, was commissioned and premiered in 1993 by the Nevada Opera for its Silver Anniversary season.

Herbolsheimer served on the music faculty of Seattle's Cornish College, where he taught composition-related classes and held a private studio, and the University of Washington, where he taught graduate classes in the voice program. At the end of the 2000–2001 school year he was selected as the Outstanding Teacher of Music at Cornish College.

The program will include Ephemeron sung by soprano Erica Row (photo credit: Danielle Barnum), A Lady in Waiting sung by mezzo-soprano Julia Benzinger (photo credit: Lucas Brown), and a selection of songs from American Folk Song Settings sung by tenor John Marzano (photo credit: Carly Jayne Photography). Pianist Christina Siemens, a frequent interpreter of Bern's works, will be collaborating with each singer.

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Arts in Nature Festival
Aug
26
1:55 PM13:55

Arts in Nature Festival

Join SASS again at Camp Long in West Seattle as we present a sampling of folk song arrangements at the Arts in Nature Festival.

Laura Loge, soprano and Steven Luksan, pianist present:
Nøringen - folk song (sung a capella)
Lok - Edvard Grieg
Ola Glomstulen - arr. Per Winge
Pål på haugen - arr. Per Winge
Jeg lagde mig så sildig - arr. Per Winge
Lokk - arr. Agatha Backer Grøndahl

Brian Armbrust, tenor and Steven Luksan, pianist present:
The trees they grow so high - Benjamin Britten
Little Sir William - Benjamin Britten
The Salley Gardens - Benjamin Britten
Oliver Cromwell - Benjamin Britten

Laura Loge, Brian Armbrust, and Steven Luksan will also premiere folk song arrangements from the Pacific Northwest by Steven Luksan:
Seattle Illahee
The Girl with the Striped Stockings On
The Old Settler

We performed at the Arts in Nature Festival last season and had a great time. The event lasts for two days and features multiple performance groups, visual artists, a beer garden, food trucks, and so much more.

Visit http://fest.naturec.org/ for more details on the Festival and to purchase tickets.

 

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Jul
28
7:30 PM19:30

Sarah Larsen and Elisabeth Ellis in Recital

Join SASS as we present Mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen in recital with pianist Elisabeth Ellis and featuring tenor Eric Neuville (photo credit: Rosetta Greek Photography).

Praised as “sizzling,” “riveting” and possessing a “plummy, ripe mezzo,” Ms. Larsen made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2016 – 2017 season as Käthchen in Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Werther. In the 2017 – 2018 season, she continues at The Met with productions of The Merry WidowCendrillon, and Parsifal with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

An alumna of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, Ms. Larsen enjoys a long relationship with Seattle Opera. She has been featured as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, The Secretary in The Consul, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Maddalena in Rigoletto, among others.

Ms. Larsen is from Roseville, MN and attended Simpson College (B.M. Vocal Performance) and Rice University (M.M. Vocal Performance.) She continued her training with residencies at the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera and the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars Program at Caramoor. Ms. Larsen is the recipient of the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Grant (Wolf Trap Opera), the Donald Gramm Memorial Award (The Santa Fe Opera), two-time recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild Training Grant and 3rd place winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. She currently resides in New York, NY.

The program will feature songs by Rachmaninoff, settings of the mischievous Jean de la Fontaine fables by Lecocq and Trenet, "Abraham and Isaac" by Britten featuring tenor Eric Neuville, and ragtime parlor songs of the suffragettes by various composers of the early 1900s.

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