Eleven Voice Program students will perform in a recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in McKnight Hall. There’s no particular theme…
It’s a fact that opera singers need to know more than how to sing bel canto and recitatives — they also must master a range of character roles, linguistic flavors and historical tastes.
For Tuesday evening’s Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra concert, conductor Sarah Ioannides chose works defined by extremely varied rhythmic structures — urgently forceful in Gershwin, throbbing and shifting-repetitive in Piazzolla, supple and pliant for Debussy and subtly tricky in Dukas.
Ioannides, making her Chautauqua debut, boasts a remarkable background. Born in Australia, she grew up in England where she began her musical training at Oxford University and the prestigious Guildhall School. She soon received a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Otto-Werner Mueller both at the Curtis Institute of Music and at The Juilliard School, eventually becoming his assistant conductor. Her many awards include those from the Bruno Walter Foundation and the JoAnn Falletta Award for most promising female conductor.
Most people would think it impossible to re-create the music of the Beatles, Bach, Beyoncé and Debussy without instruments.
The Swingle Singers, however, would argue that most people underestimate the most versatile instrument in existence — the human voice.
The unique a cappella ensemble capitalizes on all the human voice’s varied abilities, including singing, vocal rhythm and sound effects. They create a sound so full, interesting and dynamic that many listeners cannot believe seven human performers produce it with only their voices.