I performed Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" in concert with the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra on Friday, August 22nd, 2014.
If you attended a recent recital of mine, you have heard "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." Knoxville is approximately 15 minutes long and is written for voice and orchestra. It is akin to an extended art song, full of nostalgic, colorful imagery depicting the transition from childhood to adulthood. Samuel Barber composed the piece and the poem is written by James Agee. Both Barber and Agee had recently lost their fathers. Nostalgic images of family come into play often. There is prayer blessing the family in the middle of the piece that is quite moving. Barber is masterful in his ability to draw color from the orchestra. Click here to listen to Leontyne Price sing "Knoxville: Summer of 1915."
The Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra is a group of college and high school students founded and conducted by Mikko Utevsky. Mikko is a Madison native, currently studying music at UW-Madison. He has appeared as a critic in "The Well Tempered Ear" amongst many other Madison musical activities.
I sang on the first half of the concert. The program was as follows:
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
I graduated in the spring from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. I moved to Chicago, and I am absolutely loving this city. I will be spending the next year auditioning for young artist apprenticeship programs as well as graduate schools. I am working with Julia Faulkner who is the official teacher at the Ryan Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and recently taught at the Santa Fe Young Artist program. My coach/pianist is Pedro Yanez, who has worked all over the world including the Paris Opera for over a decade.
If you are receiving this email, you have made a positive impact in my life. Thank you for helping me on my journey. Enjoy the beautiful weather.Best, Caitlin