11th Annual Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival of New Mexico: Canciones Españolas
September 4, 2020 - September 5, 2020
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Vocal Artistry’s Art Song Festival is an annual festival open to all students, singers, and pianists living in the state of New Mexico. The goal is to encourage the further study of Art Song repertoire, which plays a vital role in sculpting classical singers. Open performances by singers and pianists from all over the state are held before a guest faculty, including international artists and representatives from the most renowned music conservatories. Master classes and open performances for all levels of singers and collaborative pianists are open to the public. Scholarship winners are then chosen on the basis of talent and artistic achievement; the scholarship awards, from and for the community, are presented at a final concert and reception. Over $10,000 in awards, through a sponsorship by the Meredith Foundation and the generosity of individual donors, go to the deserving applicants.
This year, for the first time ever, Vocal Artistry goes virtual! For the 11th Annual Art Song Festival of New Mexico, Canciones Españoles, 59 students of singing and piano have submitted applications online to be adjudicated by international artists in Spanish Art Song. Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, celebrated in opera houses and concert halls around the world, will be adjudicating all the college singers. As the virtual format does not include a final award concert and reception, the scholarship awards will be sent to the performers and displayed online.
“Dos Tenores,” a concert featuring Matthew Valverde, André García-Nuthmann, and pianist Kristin Ditlow, has been rescheduled for September 4 at 7:30 pm. It will be filmed in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and can be seen virtually live. The concert brings to life the works of Jaime León, Jean Berger, Manuel María Ponce, Federico Longas, Manuel de Falla, José López Alavéz, Miguel Sandoval, Mari Ésabel Valverde, and Alberto Ginastera, showcasing Art Song from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, and Argentina.
Vocal Artistry’s Art Song Festival sponsors include Air & Hammers—Edmund Connolly, Maxine Thevenot; Albuquerque Institute of Music—Tatiana Bayliyeva; Albuquerque Music Teachers Association; Louise Bass; Marilyn Bernard; City of Albuquerque; Cris & Marilyn Barnes; William G. & Kellie Grady; Cynthia & John Hatley; Robin & Julius Kaplan; Linda Liechty; Desca Music; Opera Southwest; New Mexico Performing Arts Society; Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico; Mary V. Pratt; Quintessence: Vocal Artists of the Southwest; Friends of Albuquerque Opera Guild of the Santa Fe Opera; Keri & Ross Sutter; and many other organizations and individuals who have supported the festival throughout the years.