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13th annual Grove chamber music festival in May April 1, 2010

Posted by eng112f09 in Classical, Upcoming concerts.
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The American Romanian Festival Quartet: From left, Marian Tanau, Eva Stern, Paul Wingert and Kyoko Kashiwagi

The 2010 Grove Music Festival chamber music series features a string quartet based in the Detroit area and a vocal program by members of the Chicago Lyric Opera.

The 13th annual spring chamber series takes place on two successive weekends, May 16 and May 21, with both concerts at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $10 at the door.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, The American Romanian Festival String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Smetana, Samuel Barber and contemporary Romanian composer Theodor Grigoriu.

Quartet members are Marian Tanau and Kyoko Kashiwagi, violin; Eva Stern, viola; and Paul Wingert, cello.

Tanau and Wingert are members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Stern plays regularly with the DSO and is on the faculty at Eastern Michigan University. Kashiwagi studied in Tokyo, at the Juilliard School in New York City and at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where she earned an artist diploma.

The American Romanian Festival completed its third season in 2009 with eight concerts in southeast Michigan and five in Romania, in addition to movie and lecture series, an art exhibit and other events. Its mission is to bridge the cultures of America and Romania and foster mutual understanding.

Chicago Lyric Opera members, from left, William Billingham, Angela Mannino and Paul Corona.

At 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, members of the Chicago Lyric Opera will present a wide-ranging vocal recital. Performers are Angela Mannino, soprano; Paul Corona, baritone; and William Billingham, piano.

Mannino comes to the Grove Festival fresh from her Metropolitan Opera debut as the 15-year-old girl in Alban Berg’s Lulu, a role she performed earlier at Lyric. Also at Lyric she has had roles in “Manon,” “Tosca,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” and “The Abduction From the Seraglio.”

Corona was a 2006 Grand Prize Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His roles at Lyric include Dr. Grenvil in “La Traviata,” Pistol in “Falstaff,” the Bonze in “Madama Butterfly” and Sciarrone in “Tosca.” He has also performed with Chicago Opera Theater and made his Ravinia debut last summer in Kurt Weill’s “Mahagonny Songspiel” and as Marullo in “Rigoletto.”

Billingham has served as an assistant conductor at Lyric since 1995, working with many of the world’s leading opera singers and conductors. Also active as a recital accompanist and chamber musician, he holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Southern California. He started his opera career in Germany in the opera houses of Heidelberg and Düsseldorf.

The program includes arias by Mozart and Donizetti, art songs by Schubert, Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel, Richard Strauss, Ralph Vaughn Williams and others, and several songs from Broadway.

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