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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