Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3:00 PM
New Hope Presbyterian Church
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church
Wesley Schulz, conductor
Megan Chenovick, soprano
BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24
MAHLER Symphony No. 4, G major
Samuel Barber’s nostalgic Knoxville: Summer of 1915 draws upon the poems of James Agee and is sung by a soprano. The work is in a single movement and delivers tender melodies and delicious evocations of sitting on a porch in high summer. Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony was birthed through song. “Das himmlische Leben,” or, “Heavenly life,” is the source from which the Fourth Symphony springs. In a unique turn of composition Mahler knew he wanted to use this song as the final movement of the symphony. When composing he therefore worked backward knowing already how the symphony would end. The basic trajectory of the symphony moves from complexity to simplicity ending with a beautiful image of heaven.
Megan Chenovick, Lyric Coloratura Soprano and cross-over artist graces operatic, musical theatre and concert stages alike. Hailed for her “superb showmanship” this two-time NW Regional MONC Finalist’s recent roles include Lucia- Lucia di Lammermoor with Skagit Opera conducted by Franz Vote, Bubikopf- Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Music of Remembrance conducted by Seattle Symphony's Ludovic Morlot, Musetta- La Bohème with Bellevue Opera, Marian Paroo- The Music Man and Guenevere- Camelot with Lyric Light Opera, & Giannetta- L'elisir d'Amore with Tacoma Opera & Skagit Opera.
Megan made her McCaw Hall debut as a guest artist with the Seattle Men’s & Women’s Chorus, bringing down the house with “Glitter & Be Gay” in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. Other recent concert engagements include Simon Sargon's Shemà and Shostakovich's Jewish Folk Poetry, Op.79 with the Music of Remembrance, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with The Inverse Opera & The Seattle Dance Project, The Brazenly Baroque Trumpet and The Color of Coloratura with the Federal Way Symphony, and Handel's Messiah & Mařenka in the Bartered Bride with the Auburn Symphony.
Upcoming engagements in the 2013-2014 Season include Peaches/Baby Jane- Jerry Springer the Opera with Balagan Theatre, Adele- Die Fledermaus with Skagit Opera, Music of Our Time with Music Northwest, Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Farewell Auschwitz as well as the world premiere of a song cycle written by Lori Laitman with Music of Remembrance.
Megan is a 2008 Sun Valley Opera Competition Finalist, 2006 & 2007 Michael Mitchell Memorial Scholarship recipient, 2007 & 2008 Ladies Musical Club Solo Competition Finalist, 2007 Alan Lund Scholarship recipient, and 2007 & 2008 recipient of a training fund grant from the Seattle Opera Guild. Megan also helps produce monthly events as a Managing Diva of Opera On Tap- Seattle. http://www.operaontap.com/seattle/