The School of Music presents a concert of songs and chamber works by Charles Ives. In the first half of the program, "Charles Ives: A Life in Music," baritone William Sharp performs songs by Ives, with readings, accompanied by pianist Rhonda Kline. The second half of the program features chamber works by Ives, including Violin Sonata No. 4, performed by violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim and pianist Cristina Valdés, and Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, performed by Lim, Valdés, and cellist David Requiro.
Note: The concert is preceded by a panel discussion, "Charles Ives's Bequests to American Music," at 6:30 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium. Participants are scholars Geoffrey Block (University of Puget Sound), Joseph Horowitz (author and authority on the history of concert music) and Larry Starr (UW Music History department). Admission to the panel discussion is free and open to the public.
A Festival of Ives
The University of Washington School of Music celebrates iconic American composer Charles Ives May 6-8, 2013 with performances of major works, lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes, all open to the public. Organized by Ruth Sutton Waters Endowed Professor Larry Starr of the Music History faculty, the festival will welcome distinguished guests including renowned scholar Joseph Horowitz, an authority on the history of concert music in the United States and himself an organizer of previous Ives celebration-events; baritone William Sharp, who is among the most distinguished interpreters of Ives’s remarkable song repertoire; and pianist Cristina Valdés.
Cristina Valdés, piano
Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdés is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis. She has performed across four continents and in multiple venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall and the Kennedy Center. Her passionate interest in new music has led to collaborations with a multitude of composers including Terry Riley, Joan
Tower, Ezra Laderman, Morton Subotnick, Ken Ueno, Wayne Horvitz, and Carlos Sanchez- Gutierrez. Festival performances include New Music in Miami, the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, the Brisbane Arts Festival, the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador, Theater de Welt in Stuttgart, the Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Singapore Arts Festival among others.
An avid chamber musician, Cristina has toured extensively with the Bang On a Can “All Stars” and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, Trio V, and the award-winning chamber music group, Antares. She has also performed as concerto soloist with the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Eastman BroadBand, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Cristina can be heard on the Newport Classics, Albany, and Innova labels.
Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Cristina began playing the piano at the age of three, and at age sixteen entered the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Jacob Maxin and Stephen Drury. She continued her studies at SUNY Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish where she earned a Master's and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Other teachers have included Zenaida Manfugas, John Perry, Jerome Lowenthal and Claude Helffer. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, an Artist Trust GAP grant, an American Composers Forum Encore grant, the W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, first prize in the Ruth Slenczynska Solo Piano Competition, the Silver Medal in the Osaka Chamber Music Festa, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.
Currently Cristina resides in Seattle where she is the founder and director of the SLAM Festival, and a member of the piano faculty at the Cornish College of the Arts.
Michael Jinsoo LIm, violin
Praised by Gramophone for playing with “delicious abandon,” and described as “bewitching” by the Seattle Times, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim enjoys a dynamic musical career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Recently named concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle, Lim is also widely known for his work as co-founder of the renowned Corigliano Quartet. He is in demand as a chamber musician and as a performer of new and experimental music, performing as a member of Open End, an ensemble specializing in contemporary music and improvisation.
Lim’s solo engagements have included appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the International Chamber Orchestra of Girona, Spain, the Indiana University Philharmonic, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra as well as a performance in Weill Recital Hall for a tribute concert for celebrated American composer John Corigliano.
As a member of the Corigliano Quartet, Lim has enjoyed critical acclaim across the U.S. and abroad and has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. Called “musicians who seem to say, ‘Listen to this!’” by the New York Times, the Corigliano Quartet has performed in the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The group’s most recent CD was named by the New Yorker as one of the top ten Classical recordings of 2007.
Lim’s work as a performer has also extended to the theater. He starred in director Nick Schwartz-Hall’s Tempo of Recollection, a stage performance about the life and work of composer Erwin Schulhoff, and will serve as consultant for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of Opus, directed by Braden Abraham.
Lim was born in Lafayette, Indiana and began playing the violin at the age of four, studying with his mother, Sun Boo Lim. He went on to study with Vartan Manoogian before beginning his formal training at Indiana University, where he was a pupil of the legendary violinist and teacher Josef Gingold. Lim received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University, where he won First Prize in the school’s Violin Concerto Competition. He also held a faculty position at Indiana as a Visiting Lecturer. Later, he taught chamber music at the Juilliard School as an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He has served as Musical Artist in Residence at Dickinson College and on the faculty of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. He currently serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. Lim also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students.
Lim has recorded for Naxos, DreamWorks, Albany Records, CRI, Bayer Records, and Aguava New Music, and appears on numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-winning score to Brokeback Mountain. He has performed live on WFMT-Chicago’s Live From Studio One and has been heard on NPR programs such as Performance Today and All Things Considered. Lim has made radio and television appearances in the U.S., Spain, Costa Rica, and Korea.
In addition to his work as a performer, Lim has also served as a recording producer. He has produced the critically acclaimed CD, Melia Watras: Viola Solo and co-produced Prestidigitation, Ms. Watras’s latest recording on the Fleur De Son label. Lim currently lives in Seattle with his wife, violist Melia Watras.
David Requiro, cello
First Prize Winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, DAVID REQUIRO (pronounced Re-keer-oh) has emerged as one of today’s most promising young cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó.
Mr. Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and with several orchestras across the country. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng and most recently gave the Dutch premiere of Pierre Jalbert's Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale.
Mr. Requiro is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound where he is professor of cello and director of the chamber music program. He has served as artist faculty at the Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.
WIlliam Sharp, baritone
Baritone William Sharp is a consummate artist possessing the rare combination of vocal beauty, sensitivity and charisma. Praised by the New York Times as a "sensitive and subtle singer" who is able to evoke "the special character of every song that he sings," Mr. Sharp has earned a reputation as a singer of great versatility and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concerts, recitals, operas and recordings.
William Sharp’s recent career highlights include singing as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under Marin Alsop, in Copland’s “Old American Songs”; creating the role of Cosimo in the world premiere of John Musto’s The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera to rave reviews; performing as soloist in the world premiere of “Amichai Songs” by David Froom for the River Concert Series (Maryland); and singing Bach, Bernstein, Britten and Paulus compositions with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
Past highlights include a return to New York Festival of Song in a concert titled "Where We Came From"; "A Bernstein & Bolcom Celebration", also with New York Festival of Song; Bach Cantata 21, Mass in B Minor, and Paulus' A Dream of Time in a return to the Bethlehem Bach Festival; an appearance with Boston Early Music Festival in the modern world premiere of Graupner's Antiochus und Stratonica; return engagements to Caramoor, singing Schumann's Liederkreis with pianist Vladimir Feltsman, to New York Festival of Song in a program called "No Song is Safe from Us", and to the Bethlehem Bach Festival in St. Matthew Passion, Cantatas 198 and 74, also Mass in B Minor (with the Washington Bach Consort and Cathedral Choral Society, as well); singing as soloist in St. Matthew Passion with Music of the Baroque; and as soloist at the Washington National Cathedral in Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion. In Germany, with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, he performed Scott Wheeler's The Palace at Four A. M.
Other successes include appearances as soloist with the National Philharmonic in Brahms's Requiem, with the New York Festival of Song in "Godmothers of Song," with the Cathedral Choral Society in Britten's War Requiem, with the Bethlehem Bach Festival in various cantatas and Bach's Christmas Oratorio, programs of Schubert songs and works by John Musto at the Caramoor Festival, the world premiere of Anthony Brandt's The Birth of Something in a return to Da Camera Society of Houston, Bach's St. John Passion with the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, return engagements at Tafelmusik, and a special presentation with the Vocal Arts Society at the Smithsonian Institute. Other recent credits include John Adams's The Nixon Tapes with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David del Tredici's Gay Life with the San Francisco Symphony, Chou En-Lai in Nixon in China with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Four Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at Cal Performances in Berkeley, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, also with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Overseas he has performed Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with VARA Radio in the Netherlands.
Mr. Sharp's concert highlights include Britten's War Requiem with the Boston University Symphony at Symphony Hall, and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra both in Cincinnati and at Carnegie Hall (James Conlon conducting). He has performed Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Boston Philharmonic; works of Barber, Bernstein and Schickele with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and in a gala performance celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the New York Festival of Song. He appeared with the Oregon Symphony in a program of Ives's songs, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in Boston and at Tanglewood singing Harbison's Words from Paterson, with Toronto's Tafelmusik performing works of Bach and Zelenka, and with the Fort Worth Symphony for Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. Other engagements include Bach's St. Matthew Passion on a national tour with Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Bach Mass in B Minor at Bryn Mawr University. He has appeared as soloist with the Da Camera Society of Houston for an evening of songs by Schumann, Brahms and Wolf, a program of songs by American composers, Schumann's Dichterliebe, and a program of songs by French composers entitled "Marcel Proust's Paris." Mr. Sharp has sung Handel's Messiah with Musica Sacra at Avery Fisher Hall and with the Vancouver Cantata Singers.
William Sharp has appeared throughout the United States with major orchestras and music festivals. In recent seasons he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is a frequent participant in Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Sharp also works extensively in the performance of baroque and pre-baroque music. He has made numerous appearances with the Bach Aria Group, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Maryland Handel Festival.
Mr. Sharp was nominated for a 1989 Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his recording featuring the works of American composers such as Virgil Thomson and Lee Hoiby on the New World Records label. He can also be heard on the 1990 Grammy award-winning, world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles on the Koch International label. Other recordings include the songs of Marc Blitzstein with The New York Festival of Song (Koch), J.S. Bach solo cantatas with the American Bach Soloists (Koch), and in collaboration with soprano Judith Kaye and pianist Steven Blier on Gershwin's Songs and Duets. Mr. Sharp has also recorded for Vox-Turnabout, Newport Classics, Columbia Records, Nonesuch and CRI.
William Sharp made his New York recital debut at the 92nd St. Y in 1983 and his Kennedy Center debut, followed by his Carnegie Hall recital debut, in 1989. The Carnegie debut earned critical praise including that of Bill Zakariasen of the Daily News, who wrote that Mr. Sharp's "musicianship is right on the button, his knowledge of styles seems infinite, and he has an infectious sense of humor." Mr. Sharp is the winner of the 1987 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition.
Rhonda Kline, piano
Rhonda Kline is opera coach and coordinator of accompanying at the University of Washington School of Music. In addition to her work at the School of Music, Ms. Kline is general director and music director for NOISE (Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc.), an independent arts organization that presents adaptations of operas in elementary schools, performing for more than 25,000 elementary students annually in 100 schools. Her coaching and performing career with singers in Seattle includes a role as music director for Black Box Opera Theater, an ensemble company of opera professionals that produces topical operas of this century and the last. She is also a charter member of the faculty of Canta in Italia, a summer program for singers to study opera in Florence, Italy.
Ms. Kline has depth of experience as a collaborative pianist with strings, brass, woodwinds, voice, and opera theater. She is in demand as a collaborative pianist at regional and national levels with many organizations, including Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Federated Music Clubs, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has also served as pianist in master classes with such artists as Marcia Baldwin, Jean Barr, Vinson Cole, Jane Eaglen, Margo Garrett, Joyce Guyer, Carol Vaness, and John Wustman. In her home state of Kansas, she was accompanist for the Wichita Choral Society, Wichita Symphony Chorus, Crown Uptown Dinner Theater, and Opera Kansas, and was selected as pianist for a European tour with the Mid-Kansas Choral Society. Her operatic coaching repertoire includes more than 30 titles, including traditional operas, contemporary works, and musical theater.