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Considered by many to be the first authentic orchestral song cycle, Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen is about love and the complete and all-encompassing loss felt when that love goes array. Mahler wrote not only this incredible music, but its haunting and beautiful texts. With demanding and expansively sweeping melodies, he is able to combine imitations of nature, folk style, and an incomparable understanding of instrumental colors to bring this memorable character to life, producing a personal and emotional interpretation of great joy, as well as undeniable sorrow. Other pieces to be performed on the concert include “Huntsman, What Quarry?” by Simon Sargon, “Blue Ridge A Cappella” by Scott Robbins, and selected songs by Roger Quilter.
Mildred Roche, Piano
Anneka Zuehlke, French Horn
Kelly Vaneman, Oboe and English Horn
Chris Vaneman, Flute
Scott Robbins, Composer
About Rebecca Turner, soprano
Soprano Rebecca Turner, a former member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany, came to singing by way of the piano. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, and Vocal Performance from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, as well as a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from the University of North Texas in Denton. With over 600 performances to date, Ms. Turner’s repertoire is extensive, including the lead soprano roles in such operas as Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Freischütz, Aida, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Simon Boccanegra, Turnadot, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, La Gioconda, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Eugene Onegin, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Peter Grimes. In addition to Bremen and Düsseldorf, she has performed in the opera houses of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hannover, Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Kiel, Münster, Graz, Basel, as well as the Shanghai Grand Theater in Shanghai, China, where she was the first soprano in China’s history to perform a Wagner opera. Her concert repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Dvorak’s Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückertlieder, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder, and Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder. Recital venues have included the United States, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland and Mexico. Ms. Turner’s students have sung with major opera companies around the world, including those of Berlin, Leipzig, Hannover, Brussels, and Strasburg, as well as the New York City Opera, Des Moines Opera, and Utah Summer Opera Festival. She is currently Professor of Voice and Artistic Director of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Series at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, and Artist/Teacher-in-Residence at the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy.