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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 04/19/2012 at Symphony Space.

Join soprano Catherine Meyers and countertenor Tyler Wayne Smith, winners of the Opera Singers Initiative Debut Recital Award, as they fuse classical recital, intimate salon, and scandalous cabaret. Transport yourself to 1900's Paris with works by Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Weill, Satie, Bowles, Copland, Falla, and Aubert. Joined by Nicholas Fox on piano, Denise R. Koncelik on flute and accordion, Aaron Patterson on clarinet, andBenji Kaplan on guitar, and hosted by WQXR's Naomi Lewin.



Introduction by Naomi Lewin

Louis Aubert (1877-1968)

Cache-cache (1913) (A. De Bengy Puyvallée)

Ms. Meyers, Mr. Smith, Mr. Fox


Paul Bowles (1910-1999)

Letter to Freddy (1935) (Gertrude Stein)

April Fool Baby (1935) (Gertrude Stein)

Mr. Smith, Mr. Fox


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913)


"Placet futile"


Ms. Meyers, Mr. Fox


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913)


"Placet futile"

"Surgi de la croupe et du bond"

Mr. Smith, Mr. Fox


Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Siete canciones populares Espagñolas (1914)

"El Paño Moruno" (Gregorio Martínez Sierra)

"Seguidilla Murciana" (Trad.)

"Asturiana" (Trad.)

"Jota" (Trad.)

"Nana" (Trad.)

"Canción" (Trad.)

"Polo" (Trad.)

Ms. Meyers, Mr. Kaplan


Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

As it Fell Upon a Day (1923) (Richard Barnefield)

Mr. Smith, Ms. Koncelik, Mr. Patterson


Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Catalogue de fleurs (1920) (Lucien Alphonse Daudet)

"Le violette"

"Le begonia"

"Les fritillaires"

"Les jacinthes"

"Les crocus"

"Le brachycome"


Mr. Smith, Mr. Fox


Erik Satie (1866-1925)

Je te veux (1901) (Henry Pacory)

La Diva de l’Empire (1904) (Numa Blès)


Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

Complainte de la Seine (1934) (Maurice Magre)

Ms. Meyers, Mr. Fox

Youkali  (1935) (Roger Fernay)

Ms. Meyers, Ms. Koncelik, Mr. Fox


Louis Aubert

Nocturne  (1908) (Paul Verlaine)

Ms. Meyers, Mr. Smith, Mr. Fox




+ About the Artists

Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR and the host of WQXR’s bi-weekly podcast Conducting Business. Prior to WQXR, Lewin was a host at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station, where she wrote and hosted the award-winning program Classics for Kids. Lewin has produced feature stories and full-length music programs for national broadcast, as well as intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. She has also served as an essayist for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Catherine Meyers and Tyler Wayne Smith won the 2010 Young Opera Recital Debut Award from Opera Singers Initiative, resulting in their performances in tonight’s program.

Catherine Meyers, a lyric soprano, has recently sung the roles of Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, both Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Clarissa in Weber/Mahler’s Die drei Pintos with Bronx Opera, Célie in Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso with EnCanta Collective, and Regina in excerpts from Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler with Garden State Opera.

Countertenor Tyler Wayne Smith was most recently seen on Broadway as Mary Sunshine in Chicago, the Musical. Mr. Smith has studied with several disciples of revolutionary vocal pedagogue Cornelius Reid, including his current teacher, Lenora Eve. Opera News said of his performance as Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, “Tyler Wayne Smith…sailed through Handel’s formidable hurdles unscathed, in a voice of rich resonance and impressive warmth.”

Conductor and pianist Nicholas Fox was appointed Assistant Chorus Master at New York City Opera in 2009 and Chorus Master for the 2011-2012 season. He has been on the music staff of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance since 2010.

Denise R. Koncelik plays piccolo with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and played bass flute with the Professional Flute Choir of the National Flute Association. She is a member of the NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra and sings in the Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn.

Guitarist Benji Kaplan has studied and performed with many great jazz musicians, including Rodney Jones (Dizzy Gillespie), Benny Powell, Junior Mance, Bernard Purdie, and Brazil's famed Guinga. Benji currently leads his own jazz and Brazilian music groups in NYC.

Aaron Patterson is a freelance multi-instrumentalist who regularly plays as a pit orchestra musician, chamber musician, and soloist throughout the Northeast. Aaron is alto saxophonist with the acclaimed Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, with whom he recently made his Lincoln Center debut.

Founded in 2007, Opera Singers Initiative (OSI) is a collaborative arts and professional development organization that supports emerging professional classical performers. Each season OSI invites ten extraordinarily talented performers, after a rigorous selection process, to participate in its 12- month training and development program. OSI is committed to teaching business education and entrepreneurial skills to opera and classical singers which is accomplished by providing artists with one-on-one mentoring and career development sessions with business and arts professionals, performance opportunities, and funding to pursue continued study and entrepreneurial ventures in opera.

Catherine and Tyler would like to say a special thank you to all the instrumentalists for their hard work and dedication, Scarlett Bermingham for her wonderful photography, our teachers Joan Patenaude-Yarnell and Lenora Eve for their wisdom and guidance, our coaches Nicholas Fox, Jennifer Peterson, and Gary Norden for their valuable insight, our families and friends for their support, and of course Opera Singers Initiative for the honor of the Young Opera Recital Debut Award.

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