To Live in This World: Women Poets in Song @ WGBH: Fraser Performance Studio
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
To Live in This World: Women Poets in Song @ WGBH: Fraser Performance Studio

Cantata Singers Boston Chamber Series

Allison Voth, Chamber Series Director

March 31, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. 

WGBH: Fraser Performance Studio
1 Guest Street

Boston, MA 02135

The much-loved Cantata Singers Chamber Series continues its exploration of women poets. Pianist and Chamber Series Director Allison Voth has chosen a program featuring the poetry of Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, H.D., Alice Fulton, Clarissa Scott Delaney, Gwendolyn B. Bennet, Helen Johnson, Dorothy Parker, Helen Birch Barlett, Winifred Bryher, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Mary Oliver. Sung by members of Cantata Singers, this warm, inviting, and moving evening is sure to delight.

The concert will close with David Evan Thomas’s To Live in This World, in a new version for piano trio commissioned by Allison Voth. Also music by Boykin and Musto.

Cor Voce honors Michael Dennis Browne @ Path of Grace United Methodist Church
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cor Voce honors Michael Dennis Browne @ Path of Grace United Methodist Church

Cor Voce sings Light Upon the Water

Saturday, April 29 @ 4 PM
Path of Grace United Methodist Church
759 County Road B East
Maplewood, MN 55117

Twin Cities-based chamber choir Cor Voce honors Minnesota poet Michael Dennis Browne with a concert featuring musical works based on his words. DET’s Light Upon the Water is on the program. Karin Barrett conducts.

Cor Voce is an auditioned Twin Cities community chamber choir rooted in the belief that every voice matters. Originally formed in 2003 as Saint Paul Vocal Forum, Karin Barrett has been the director since 2010. Cor Voce engages audiences with programs of eclectic music paired with other forms of art that reflect on the breadth of the human experience.

Michael Dennis Browne came to the United States in 1965 from England, where he was born, of mostly Irish ancestry, in 1940. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he taught at Iowa, Columbia, Bennington, and the University of Minnesota. He is now a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for thirty-nine years, served a term as director of the creative writing program, and was a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Browne’s poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Two of his collections have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. His most recent collection of poems, The Voices, was published by Carnegie Mellon in the 2016.

As a librettist, he has written many texts for music, working for many years with composer Stephen Paulus. Their post-Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by the Minnesota Orchestra. Other composers he has worked with include John Foley S.J., Carolyn Jennings, Juliana Hall, and Craig Hella Johnson, with whom he recently collaborated on Considering Matthew Shepard.

Osowski-Rafn at Landmark @ Landmark Center Cortile
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Osowski and Rafn premiere “We Will”

Thursday, May 11, 2023 @ 12 noon
(Rescheduled from February)
Landmark Center
Downtown St. Paul

Msmiling osowskiezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Casey Rafn premiere David Evan Thomas’s song “We Will” at St. Paul’s Landmark Center on Thursday, February 23 at noon. The work, “We Will,” was composed in October 2022 and is dedicated to Clara Osowski. “We Will” is a setting of Sonya’s final monologue from Chekhov’s play, Uncle Vanya. Osowski and Rafn will also perform songs by Jonathan Posthuma and Daniel Nass on texts by Louis Jenkins. Also on the program, Steve Staruch, tenor and David Cherwien, piano, performing works by Eberhart, Donaldson and Daniel Nass.

This Courtroom Concert hosted by Abbie Betinis will be held in the Cortile of Landmark Center, 75 West 5th St., downtown Saint Paul, Minn. Admission is free.

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski is one of Minnesota’s musical treasures, recognized with the coveted McKnight Artist Fellowship and Co-Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis which strives to create and perform new art song and cultivate an educational environment for students of song.

With pianist Tyler Wottrich, Osowski became the first-ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany in 2017. Later that year, the duo reached the final round in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London. Osowski was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. She recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award. Osowski has collaborated with pianist Wu Han, The Lydian String Quartet, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Accordo, and Dark Horse Consort. Her passion for contemporary music is evident in the song-cycles and chamber music she has premiered or commissioned by numerous composers including Libby Larsen, Linda Kachelmeier, Reinaldo Moya, Carol Barnett, and Juliana Hall.

Recent performance highlights include her debut with Minnesota Opera as Mrs. Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring, and a solo appearance in The Schubert Club International Artist Series Recital with Eric Owens. She is also a member of Lumina Women’s Ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble, and Seraphic Fire.

Minneapolis-based pianist Casey Rafn enjoys a varied career both in the US and abroad. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed at venues in Latin America, Canada, New York City, and across the US. He is a member of the saxophone-piano trio {Trés}, which is currently nominated for a Grammy for their work with jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenon. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, and can often be found as a chamber musician with members of that orchestra, as well as members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and also faculty from the University of Minnesota. Apart from his collaborative work, he enjoys solo playing, having taken top prizes at the International Liszt-Garrison Competition in Baltimore, as well as appearing as a soloist with Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions at the University of Minnesota School of Music, SPCPA, and Lundstrum Performing Arts in North Minneapolis.