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New Music, New Poetry
in collaboration with Poets Out Loud
April 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Voices up! Featuring music by Lawrence Kramer and Robin Julian Heifetz and poetry by Elisabeth Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Hart Crane.
On Saturday, April 22nd, the eighth in the spring Voices Up! concert series at the Lincoln Center campus will feature soprano Kathryn Krosovec performing song cycles involving creative work by two members of the English Department: All of Us, a song cycle by Robin Julian Heifetz based a poetic sequence by Fordham’s Elisabeth Frost, and The Stillness in the Air, a song cycle by Fordham’s Lawrence Kramer based on poems by Emily Dickinson.
When & where
Saturday April 22nd @ 7:30pm
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, 12th-floor Lounge
Kathryn Krasovec Mezzo-Soprano
Jesse Goldberg Piano
Kathryn Krasovec has performed on such prominent stages as The Metropolitan Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall, National Theater of Prague and Theater Bremen in Germany. She returned to The Princeton Festival this past season as Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes, in a career which spans engagements throughout Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Recently she sang the world premiere of Peacemakers by James Aikman with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She debuted in Carnegie's Weill Hall in Mohammed Fairouz's Audenesque as soloist with the Mimesis Ensemble and was soloist with the Oratorio Society of New Jersey in Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and a work by Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. She made her Princeton Festival debut as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro. Her Spoleto USA debut came in Philip Glass’s Kepler and was recently engaged with Beth Morrison Productions of Missy Mazzoli’s, Song from the Uproar.
After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Woodsprite in Rusalka, performed the roles of Blumenmädchen and Knappen in Parsifal and covered the role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Among her notable European accomplishments was the debut of Frid’s Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank in the title rolewith the Prague State Ope. She was the first American to sing the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the National Theater of Prague, where she also appeared in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer at the National Theater of Prague
Jesse Goldberg graduated from Bard College in 2015 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Literature, Anthropology, and Music. She will receive an artist’s certificate in May from the Bard Conservatory’s Advanced Performance Studies program. She was the recipient of a medal for “Best Accompanist” in the US “Music in the Parks” competition in 2009, of the 2014 Shafer Award for Performance awarded by Joan Tower, and of the 2015 Richard M. Siegel award for to a music student who demonstrates academic excellence. While at Bard, Jesse has accompanied undergraduate and graduate vocalists and musicians, played celesta with The Orchestra Now, played for the local high school and middle school choirs, accompanied local Suzuki violin classes, and accompanies at the Mannes preparatory division.
Elisabeth Frost is the author of All of Us: Poems (White Pine), Bindle (Ricochet Editions, a collaboration with the artist Dianne Kornberg), Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press), A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books), and the study The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (Iowa). Frost has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation-Bellagio Center, the Fulbright Foundation, the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and others. She is Professor of English and Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Fordham University, where she edits the Poets Out Loud Prizes book series from Fordham University Press.
Robin Julian Heifetz earned a doctorate in music composition in 1978 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has served as composer-in-residence at Stiftelsen EMS Stockholm, Colgate University, Tel-Aviv University, Simon Fraser University (Canada), IPEM-Ghent (Belgium), and Audio-Digital Laboratories (Canada). Since 1998, his works have appeared in Russia on the record series Electroshock Presents: Electroacoustic Music. In 2014, a two-CD collection of his fixed media, mixed media, and text-sound compositions was released in Canada by Soundcarrier Music Network. In 2017, a digital work appeared in Germany on a disc released by Janus Music & Sound.
Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham, is a prolific author and a prizewinning composer whose works have been performed internationally. His most recent book, The Thought of Music, was published last year by the University of California Press; his next, a retrospective collection, Song Acts: Writings on Words and Music will be published this summer by Brill. His Sonata for Violin and Piano will premiere in June at the National Opera Center, and his string trio Trefoil in Stockholm in August.