An evening of favorites from the art song repertoire. Starring soprano Heather Hawk, baritone Christian Bester, and pianist Brian Bentley.
Voces Intimae is excited to bring you an evening of your favorite Art Songs... Great songs like Gretchen am Spinnrade by Schubert, Après un rêve by Fauré, Sure on this Shining Night by Barber, and Vaga luna che inargenti by Bellini. Performed for you by two amazing interpreters of Art Song - Heather Hawk and Christian Bester.
Delight in these beloved Art Songs while you savor one of Times Ten Cellars hand crafted wines!
Ticket are $Name-Your-Own-Price (suggested $20)
Voces Intimae is the premier art song organization based in Dallas, Texas. This concert is co-sponsored by Open Classical’s Artist Series.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Soprano Heather Hawk’s musical honors include winning First Prize at the AIMS Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Graz, Austria and fourth place as National Finalist in the NATS Artist Award Competition in Chicago. She also won First Prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Hawk won First Place in the Texoma National Association of Teachers in Singing “Singer of the Year” Young Artist vocal competition, and was also a National Semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Vocal Competition and named a national semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. She performed the song cycle, “Try Me, Good King,” by noted American composer, Libby Larsen, in 2016 for the Leschetizky Association Annual Living Composers Concert in New York City. Of her performance, Larsen said, “Gorgeous voice! ~And a great collaboration with your pianist!”
Recent operatic roles include the title role in Handel’s Alcina, Katisha in The Mikado, and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York International Music Festival and returned for a second solo performance two years later. Other notable solo appearances include Rutter’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She earned her DMA in Vocal Performance from University of North Texas, her Masters in Vocal performance from Baylor University, and BA in Music from Tarleton State University. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (Voice) at Tarleton State University, and lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband, Ben, and four year old son, Ben, Jr.
Christian Bester, baritone
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “Impressive,” native South African baritone Christian Bester made his professional debut as Schaunard in La Bohème for Pro Musica Theater. His European debut and engagements include Zaremba in Polin Blut for the Americke Jaro Festival in the Czech Republic, Papageno and Armed Man both for the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy. Additional critical acclaimed roles include: Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Belcore, Enrico, Marcello, Germont, Aeneas, Bob (Old Maid and the Thief), Guglielmo, Escamillo, Prince Moritz Popolescu, Basil (Der Graf von Luxemburg) and Dr. Malatesta.
Recent orchestra engagements include: Fort Worth Symphony, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic, Manitowoc Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. Christian is a sought-after recitalist with regular performances throughout the United States, Australia, Wales, and South Africa.
Heather Hawk – Soprano, Christian Bester – Baritone & Brian Bentley - Piano
Zdes’ khorosho – S. Rachmaninov
Gretchen am Spinnrade – F. Schubert
Allerseelen – R. Strauss
Kling! - R. Strauss
Fleur jetée – G. Fauré
Après un rêve – G. Fauré
Nell – G. Fauré’
Sure on this Shining Night – S. Barber
When I Have Sung My Songs – E. Charles
Love Went a-Riding – F. Bridge
It was a lover and his lass – Quilter
Zion’s Walls – Copland
Ich grolle nicht – R. Schumann
Du bist wie eine blume – R. Schumann
Was ist Sylvia – F. Schubert
Die Taubenpost – F. Schubert
Vaga luna che inargenti – Bellini
O del mio amato ben S. Donaudy
Lu trademiento – G. Donizetti
Duet: Tanzlied – R. Schumann