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Song of the Beloved

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
at 4:00 PM
The National Presbyterian Church

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On Sunday, March 6 at The National Presbyterian Church, the Chorale presented “Song of the Beloved,” featuring Gabriel Fauré’s moving Requiem, Op. 48 in its elegant original chamber orchestra instrumentation, along with the world premiere of Song of the Beloved, a choral cantata for soprano and tenor soloists, chorus, and strings, by renowned composer Robert Kyr.

Robert Kyr’s music has been performed widely around the world and he has been commissioned by numerous ensembles, including Chanticleer, Cantus (Minneapolis), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, New England Philharmonic, Conspirare, Oregon Symphony, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony), and the Moscow State Chamber Choir (Russia) among others.Kyr’s commission is made possible by a generous gift from the Fetzer Institute whose work reflects a belief in the transformative power of love and forgiveness. Texts have been drawn from such disparate sources as Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Sir Philip Sidney, Vietnamese poet Thich Nhat Hanh, East Indian Rabindranath Tagore, a Native American Medicine man and others.

Pre-concert Conversation at 3:00 p.m.

A pre-concert conversation with Artistic Director Thomas Colohan and Robert Kyr took place at 3:00 p.m. This conversation was free and open to the public.

Meet the Guest Artists

Robert Kyr, composer

Robert Kyr

Robert Kyr

Robert Kyr is among the most prolific composers of his generation, having composed numerous instrumental and vocal works. His choral music is distinguished by a warmly compelling lyricism, as well as by a contrapuntal mastery that arises from his love of early music.  Read full biography »

Amy Broadbent, soprano

Amy Broadbent

Amy Broadbent

With a voice that “shimmers,” (DC Metro Theater Arts), soprano Amy Nicole Broadbent is a versatile performer who excels in a variety of performance settings, from the concert stage to chamber music to opera.   Read full biography »

Matthew Hill, tenor

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill

American tenor, Matthew Hill, received his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland College Park (2009-2013), where he studied voice with Carmen Balthrop, and was a member of the UMD Chamber Singers.  Read full biography »

Stephanie Lange, soprano

Stephanie Lange, soprano

Stephanie Lange

Soprano, Stephanie Lange has been praised for her “crystal-clear” tone and “striking” stage presence. Most recently, Stephanie competed as a semi-finalist in the NATS National Student Auditions in Greensboro, NC.  Read full biography »

Jeffrey Grayson Gates, baritone

Jeffrey Grayson Gates

Jeffrey Grayson Gates

Baritone Jeffrey Grayson Gates is a Texas native who is quickly distinguishing himself as a talented young performer across the United States.  Most recently, Mr. Gates was selected as a winner of the Vocal Arts DC Young Artists Competition, and the Washington D.C. District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Read full biography »

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Robert Kyr, Composer

Robert Kyr (photo by Tom Forgas)

Robert Kyr (b. 1952) is a composer, writer, and filmmaker. He has created twelve symphonies, three chamber symphonies, three violin concerti, chamber music, and a wide range of works for vocal ensembles of all types. He has received commissions from numerous music organizations including Chanticleer (San Francisco), Cantus (Minneapolis), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, New England Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Yale Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, New West Symphony (Los Angeles), Third Angle (Portland), California EAR Unit (Los Angeles), HarvardRadcliffe Collegium Musicum,Yale Camerata, Oregon Repertory Singers, Cappella Nova (Scotland), Revalia (Estonia), Putni (Latvia), Moscow State Chamber Choir (Russia), Ensemble Project Ars Nova, Back Bay Chorale (Boston), Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra among others.

Kyr’s music has been commissioned through many foundations and organizations, including Paul G. Allen Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, Scottish Arts Council, Canada Council, Estonian Choral Society, Nagasaki Peace Museum, Telarc International, Chase Foundation (Boston), New England Foundation for the Arts, Hopkins Arts Center (Dartmouth), Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon Humanities Center, and Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities.

Three compact discs of Kyr’s music are currently available through New Albion Records: “Violin Concerto Trilogy” (NA 126); “Unseen Rain” (NA 075), and “The Passion according to Four Evangelists” (NA 098). In addition, his music has been featured on several compilation discs including “Faces of a Woman” (MDG 344-1468), “Celestial Light: Music by Hildegard von Bingen and Robert Kyr” (Telarc CD 80456), “The Fourth River: The Millennium Revealed” (Telarc CD 80534), and “Strange Attractors: New American Music for Piano” (Albany Records CD TROY 231).

Kyr holds degrees from Yale (B.A., 1974), University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1978), and Harvard (Ph.D., 1989). He has held teaching positions in composition and theory at Yale, UCLA, Hartt School of Music, Aspen Music School, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was the Director of Compositional Studies. Currently, he is Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Oregon School of Music, where he has developed new models for teaching composition. In addition to teaching, Kyr directs the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the Music Today Festival, the Pacific Rim Gamelan, and the Vanguard Concert and Series. Robert Kyr can be contacted at rkyr@uoregon.edu.

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Amy Broadbent (photo by Kristina Sherk)

With a voice that “shimmers,” (DC Metro Theater Arts), soprano Amy Nicole Broadbent is a versatile performer who excels in a variety of performance settings, from the concert stage to chamber music to opera.

Born and based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Broadbent sings regularly at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, performing as a featured soloist for nationally televised events, including Pope Francis’s 2015 visit. Recently, as the first-place winner of the 2015 National Society of Arts and Letters’ Winston Voice Competition, she used her scholarship to study in Weimar, Germany, appearing as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in July 2015. An advocate for new music, she has premiered solo works by James Levy, Joel Pierson, Alexandra Bryant, William Kenlon, and Geoff Sheil. Other past performance highlights include: Elsie in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, Evangelist in Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Steve Reich’s Tehillim, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Ms. Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and numerous cantatas by J.S. Bach.

Upcoming solo projects include the prestigious vocal fellowship at the Oregon Bach Festival, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, a new work entitled Song of the Beloved by Robert Kyr, and Ms. Broadbent’s solo debut with J. Reilly Lewis and the Washington Bach Consort in sacred cantata BWV 1 as well as “the Coffee Cantata.” This season Ms. Broadbent will also perform with many of the nation’s top choral groups including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, the Choir of the Basilica, The Crossing, Cathedra, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Master Chorale, the Thirteen, and the Bridge Ensemble, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Fe, and the Renwick Gallery.

Ms. Broadbent holds both a B.M. in voice and B.M.E. from the University of Maryland. There she performed as a featured soloist in the New Music at Maryland concert series, the Music in Mind series, the UM Percussion Ensemble, and the UM Wind Orchestra. As a member of the award-winning University of Maryland Chamber Singers, she has collaborated with the National and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and toured in the United States as well as internationally.

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Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill

The American tenor, Matthew Hill, studied at the Reservoir High School (2004-2008). He received his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland College Park (2009-2013), where he studied voice with Carmen Balthrop, and was a member of the UMD Chamber Singers. He frequently performed as a soloist with the University of Maryland: Bach Cantata Series in addition to singing with the Chamber Singers, both at prestigious local venues such as the Kennedy Center, as well as abroad. In August 2009 he was awarded Creative and Performing Arts Full Tuition Scholarship from Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. He is currently a graduate student of the Maryland Opera Studio under the tutelage of Gran Wilson.

Matthew Hill was Young Artist at Ohio Light Opera in Wooster (May-August 2012 (4 months), with over 50 performances of six different operetta and musical theatre productions over the course of three months. Currently, he particpates in the Young Artist Program at Opera Saratoga, sponsored through the generous support of Steve Rosenblum. Recent roles include Tamino in W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Siena Music Festival, Damon in Acis and Galateawith New Dominion Chorale, and in musical theatre production as Mark Cohen in Rent, and Matt in The Fantasticks at the University of Maryland.

Since January 2013, Matthew Hill sings weekly at the church of the presidents in Washington D.C.: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square. He also performs as a soloist and chorister with the Washington Master Chorale (since August 2012), Washington Bach Consort (Director: J. Reilly Lewis), and Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

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Jeffrey Grayson Gates (photo credit: Dave Gribbin)

Baritone Jeffrey Grayson Gates is a Texas native who is quickly distinguishing himself as a talented young performer across the United States. Most recently, Mr. Gates was selected as a winner of the Vocal Arts DC Young Artists Competition, and the Washington D.C. District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, previously having been a Regional Finalist in the Midwest Region. He was also named the Grand Prize Overall Winner at the 2010 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions in Wichita, Kansas – the first male vocalist to win the award since 1946. Shortly after, Mr. Gates completed his Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Dr. William Nield Christensen at Oklahoma City University where he received The Steven Dickson Encouragement Award, sponsored by baritone Ron Raines. Mr. Gates recently received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory, studying under William Sharp.

Mr. Gates has a widespread repertoire of operatic roles. Most recently, he performed Nilakantha in Lakmé with Peabody Opera Theatre. Also at Peabody, he performed the title role in Don Giovanni, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, the Keeper of the Madhouse in The Rake’s Progress, as well as covering the role of Nick Shadow. In 2013, Mr. Gates made his debut with the Hub Opera Ensemble singing Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos. He also performed Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Maryland Concert Opera. In the last several years Mr. Gates has performed many roles with the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, including: the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Rambaldo in La Rondine, Painter in the world premiere of Katarzyna Brochocka’s Happy Garden of Life, Raul Perez in the regional premiere of Pasatieri’s Hotel Casablanca, and Cajus in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. In 2013, Mr. Gates was a Studio Artist with Central City Opera, where he performed Jim Greene in Show Boat, covered Sam in Our Town, and also performed in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Gates was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in the summers of 2011 and 2012, covering Rambaldo in La Rondine, as well as performing in La Rondine, Eugene Onegin, La Boheme and Dialogues of the Carmelites. Mr. Gates performed with Light Opera Oklahoma in the summers of 2007 & 2008 performing various roles including: Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Counsel and Usher in Trial by Jury, and features in Sweeney Todd, Candide, Naughty Marietta, Oh Coward!, and The Music Man.

In addition to opera and musical theater, Mr. Gates has extensive experience on the concert stage. Most recently, he performed a series of art song recitals with Vocal Arts DC, including a recital on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Recently, he has appeared as the baritone soloist Mozart’s Requiem with the Richmond Symphony, Duruflé’s Requiem at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium, MD. He has performed as soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and excerpts of Vaughan Williams’ Hodie with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured as the baritone soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and Canterbury Choral Society in 2008 and 2010, as well as various other organizations throughout the United States.

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Stephanie Lange, soprano

Stephanie Lange, soprano

Soprano Stephanie Lange has been praised for her “crystal-clear” tone and “striking” stage presence. Most recently, Stephanie competed as a semi-finalist in the NATS National Student Auditions in Greensboro, NC.

She has soloed with the Laredo Philharmonic, Austin Symphonic Band, Choral Arts Society of Austin, and Bach Collegium of Ft. Wayne. Major concert works she has soloed on include Bach’s B-minor mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and Wilberg’s Requiem.

She is also an avid recitalist, most recently appearing with award-winning pianist Rick Rowley as part of the Rising Star Concert Series at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS.

Her opera roles include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Butler Opera Center in Austin, Texas, and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with St. Olaf’s Lyric Opera Program.

In 2011, Ms. Lange was one of seven finalists in the St. Olaf Senior Soloists Competition to solo with the St. Olaf Orchestra. She was also awarded with Departmental Distinction by the St. Olaf Music Department.

Ms. Lange holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Darlene Wiley, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she studied under Margaret Eaves-Smith.

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