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June 21, 2013

Verdi, Wagner rarities to be performed

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The Daily Star

---- — At 3 p.m. Sunday, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith will present  LiederWorks: Verdi and Wagner Rarities. This vocal chamber music ensemble is debuting its 200th birthday concert for these two Romantic era composers, singing rarely performed songs. Vocal performances will be punctuated with readings of excerpts from Verdi and Wagner letters.

New Zealand–born baritone Kerry Henderson’s early career was in film and television. Singing won the day, however, and after a stint with the Broadway touring production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” he traveled to Australia to study opera. Kerry became a principal soloist with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House when he was 26.  In 2007, Henderson and his wife, Rebecca, moved to Phoenicia, where he founded the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice and served as executive director from 2009 to 2012. He formed LiederWorks “to promote and breathe new life into the art of the song recital,” according to a media release.

Soprano Kimberly Kahan has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the country. She performs regularly as a soloist at Bard College and sang in the world premier of Kyle Gann’s opera “Cinderella’s Bad Magic” in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and portrayed Micaela in Bizet’s “Carmen” in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Josh Majors directing.

Pianist Babette Hierholzer was born in Freiburg, Germany. She has won first prizes in the Viotti Concorso Internazionale de Musica in Vercelli, Italy .and the Joanna Hodges International Competition in Palm Springs, and she played her New York debut at Weill Carnegie Hall as winner of the East & West Artists Prize For New York Debut. 

Author and filmmaker August Ventura has written extensively about Verdi for “il Giornalino di Parma Lirica” and “Opera News.” For the past two years he has been producing and directing “27,” a feature-length documentary film on the subject of Verdi’s relationship with the city of Parma, Italy.

Tickets for this concert are $20, $17 for WKC members and $11 for those younger than 19. For more information, call 278-5454, or visit www.westkc.org/performances. For directions, visit www.westkc.org.