April Fools Songs: Art Songs with a Punchline
Start: April 21, 2018 4:00 PM
End: 5:00 PM
Organizer: Allicar Museum
Venue: Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts
Address: 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins, CO
Join Denver Art Song Project, as they share the comical side of classical art songs, with their encore performance of their April Fools Songs on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4p.m.
If you don’t know what an art song is, this is a great chance to experience this gem of classical music with projected super-title translations, curated visual art, and comedic narration from ranging historical to the contemporary hilarity of the Craig’s List Lieder, prepare to giggle with delight at this free performance!
Denver Art Song Project was founded in 2015 by Eapen Leubner, Mallory Bernstein and Michael Bevers when they collaborated to make the album “A Single Step… Songs of Beethoven and Donaudy.” This recording led to live performances, art song videos and the development of a singular style of performance with conversation, curated visual art and super-titles. Their performances are a perfect first step for audiences new to the genre.
American soprano Sarah Stone has been thrilling audiences with her lush and powerful dramatic coloratura voice. A Colorado native, she has been praised for “her rich, beautiful voice” and her ability to “handle [a] role with aplomb” (Boulder Daily Camera). Recent engagements include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Rosario (Goyescas) with Boulder Opera, Micaëla (Carmen), and Rose (Lakmé) with Opera Theater of the Rockies. Among other honors, Ms. Stone is a two-time award winner in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition and a Bel Canto Foundation Competition Bravo Award winner. Ms. Stone holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. She is thrilled to be returning to the Denver Art Song Project for her second season! In addition to performing, Ms. Stone is committed to igniting creative passion in young people and she teaches voice to pass along her love of singing. www.sarahstonesoprano.com
Eapen Leubner, tenor, has performed starring roles at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and more. He specializes in modern opera roles and has performed around the country including Opera Fairbanks, Chelsea Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado. He founded the Denver Art Song Project, Colorado’s first professional art song company that brings together song, conversation, visual art and more to create fun and engaging performances for new and young audiences. Denver Art Song Project has released two albums, “A Single Step… Songs of Beethoven and Donaudy” and “Die schöne Müllerin”. The group also releases videos on their active Youtube channel. www.denverartsongproject.org
Tom Sitzler, baritone, has had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo. In 2009, Mr. Sitzler stepped into the professional world as the Old Gypsy (Il Trovatore) with Union Avenue Opera. Among other notable performances, he appeared in the title role from Argento’s opera The Boor, where he had a “strong singing style and a good way with comedy” (Ladue News). He has been a soloist with orchestras in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, and Steamboat Springs. Recently, he was seen as Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Opera Steamboat, and Scarpia (Tosca) with Painted Sky Opera. www.tomsitzler.com