Made in America

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall

Kelly Kuo, conductor | Peter van de Graaff, narrator | Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano | Paul Scholten, baritone

Adam Schoenberg: Finding Rothko

Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait

     Peter van de Graaff, narrator

Leonard Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles

     Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano

     Paul Scholten, baritone

In honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, we celebrate the legacy of one of the most influential modern-day musicians with home-grown works by the composer himself (Arias and Barcarolles), a composer whose music he championed (Aaron Copland), and a young composer, Adam Schoenberg, who has quickly risen to prominence in the American orchestra scene. Notable radio personality Peter van de Graaff narrates Lincoln Portrait with a message of brotherhood and unity that is as powerful and resonant today as when it was written in the dark days of World War II.

A Treat for Your ears and eyes

Maude Kerns Art Center will be displaying the works of abstract artists in the lobby, including art by Victoria Biedron, Diane L. Farquhar Hallstrom, Suma Z. Elan, Kay King, M.V. Moran, Renee L. Nelson, Andrea Schartz-Feit, as well as sculptors Bob Hansen and Alan Ott. Additionally, art by Maude I. Kerns, the Center's namesake, will be exhibited, and Ella Hansen is creating images that will be projected alongside our performance of “Finding Rothko.”


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Peter van de Graaff, narrator

A native of the Chicago area, Peter van de Graaff began his radio career at KBYU in Provo, Utah in 1984 and went to WFMT in Chicago in 1988. In 1989 he began hosting a nationally-syndicated program called the “Beethoven Network”, carried on 150 stations throughout the country.

In September 2010, Peter van de Graaff was awarded the sixth “Karl Haas Award for Musical Education” from Public Radio International, joining other winners Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Schickele, Bill McGlaughlin and Martin Bookspan. Peter now is the music director of KWAX.

He has hosted two nationally-syndicated opera series on National Public Radio and has been heard on many other national broadcasts such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Van Cliburn Competition, Music of the Baroque and others. He was one of the finalists for host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.

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Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano

American mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis has performed with international opera companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Florentine Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Ash Lawn Opera, and Annapolis Opera, among others. One of her most notable roles is Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, for which Kathryn has been hailed as “ravishing,” adding that “her sheer vocal beauty allied to nimbleness and an astonishing range of dynamic and coloristic nuance,” (Dallas Morning News). Her other prominent roles include Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dido in Pucell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Giulietta in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Amaltea in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, and Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring.

As a mezzo-soprano soloist on the concert stage, Kathryn has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Boise Philharmonic, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival. She performed with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in both Haydn’sMissa in Angustiis and Mass in the Time of War, with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in Händel’s Messiah, and with Gloriae Dei Cantores in Mozart’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress. She has also performed multiple times with the Richmond Symphony, presenting Berlioz’s Les nuits d'été, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. Kathryn’s performance of Les nuits d'été was graciously embraced: “Her dark lower register tones seemed to fill the considerable space of the Carpenter Theatre and impose a profound quiet on both the accompanying musicians and the audience. It was a remarkable display of artistry exercising spell-binding authority," (Virginia Classical Music).

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Paul Scholten, baritone

American baritone Paul Scholten has been hailed as “an excellent baritone with notable intelligence and trenchant musicality,” (Opera News). He has performed with international opera companies such as Chicago Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, DuPage Opera Theater, and Prototype Festival, among others. His most prominent roles include the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Mr. Scholten originated the role of Tommy McIntyre in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’ highly acclaimed opera Fellow Travelers with Cincinnati Opera. He also created the role of the General in a Metropolitan Opera Workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick. Other roles for Mr. Scholten include Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs des Perles, Schaunard in La Bohème, Krušina in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Le Directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. When he performed the role of Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Cincinnati Enquirer hailed him as, “The scene-stealer … A fusty old crank re-conceived by Miller as a full blown obsessive-compulsive, he was brought vividly to life by Scholten, whose rapid ‘patter aria’ facility was the most impressive of the show.”

Mr. Scholten’s success also extends to the concert stage where he has performed the baritone solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Apollo Orchestra and Chorus, in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Kent Singers of Connecticut, in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, in Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation Mass with Musica Sacra in Cincinnati, and in Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Berkshire Choral Festival. He made his role debut as Der Vater in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 under the auspices of The Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues Festival.

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