NIGHT AND DREAMS: A SONG RECITAL Set for The New York Society Library, 11/1
Join two gifted young musicians as they explore the influence of night and dreams on poetry and song, through the music of Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, Hector Berlioz, and more in NIGHT AND DREAMS: A SONG RECITAL on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3 PM at The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street (just east of Madison Avenue; 6 train to 77th Street). Open to the public; $20 with advance registration, $25 at the door. Registration information here.
Kathryn Henry, a National Finalist in the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council competition, is a rising young soprano from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She recently won the UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition, and first place in the Upper College Women category at the national level of NATS Student Auditions. Known for her "clean coloratura and silvery voice" (Richard Sasanow, BWW OperaWorld.com), Ms. Henry's operatic credits include the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Clarina in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and the Squirrel in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. At the summer 2015 Chautauqua Institute, she covered Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème and appeared in recital with Craig Rutenberg. She will make her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra this November.
David Sytkowski, pianist and vocal coach, is based in New York City. Recent engagements include the U.S. premiere of Ethyl Smyth's The Wreckers at Bard SummerScape, Hindemith's The Long Christmas Dinner and Von Schillings's Mona Lisa with American Symphony Orchestra, Weber's Euryanthe with Bard SummerScape, the world premiere of Paul Richards's Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, as Guest Coach at the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, and Opera Moderne's production of Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Before moving to New York, he served as Vocal Coach for University of Wisconsin Opera in Madison, as well as pianist for various Madison Opera productions and outreach. He also frequently collaborates with singers and instrumentalists in recital and has performed with tenor James Doing, soprano Mimmi Fulmer, and violinist Felicia Moye, among many others.
The New York Society Library was founded in 1754 and is the city's oldest library. In the eighteenth century, an organization labeled "Society" meant that it was open to all-available to everyone throughout society. The Library today is open to all for reading, reference, and selected events, with circulation and other services by subscription. The beautiful landmarked building dates from 1917 and includes reading rooms, spaces for study, stacks, and the Assunta, Ignazio, Ada and Romano Peluso Exhibition Gallery. The Library has approximately 300,000 volumes and hosts a variety of special events, reading groups, and workshops, as well as the New York City Book Awards.