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2014 Schwabacher Debut Recitals continue at the end of this month

Steven Blier with Corinne Winters, with whom he recorded a CD of Spanish songs
Steven Blier with Corinne Winters, with whom he recorded a CD of Spanish songs
from Blier's Blog on the Web site for the New York Festival of Song

Once again I find myself in the position of adding an alternative to a list of choices I have already compiled. This time the choices concern the final weekend in March. Furthermore, I have to confess that I should have known better, because I had already announced this alternative at the beginning of February.

The alternative is for late Sunday afternoon; and it is the second of the three concerts in the Schwabacher Debut Recitals series, presented jointly by the San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program. This particular program, entitled In the Memory Palace, offers an intriguing change from the usual run of vocal recitals. It was compiled by pianist Steven Blier, who is Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song; and the title refers to the featured performance of The Memory Palace, a song cycle by Gabriel Kahane that will be sung by Adler Fellow Hadleigh Adams.

The other participating singers will also be Adler Fellows: soprano Maria Valdes, mezzo Zanda Švēde, and tenor A.J. Glueckert. Other art song selections will include two songs by Benjamin Britten’s teacher Frank Bridge, “Go not, happy day” and “Dweller in my Deathless Dreams,” selections from Floresta do Amazonas by Heitor Villa-Lobos, William Sterndale Bennett’s setting of “Come live with me,” Wilhelm Stenhammar’s “I Seraillets Have,” and selections for Edvard Grieg’s Opus 48 collection of six songs. On the more popular side, the program will also present “Two Fairy Tales” by Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little and an arrangement of Smokey Robinson’s “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.”

This program will take place on Sunday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. The venue will be the Martin Meyer Sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El (2 Lake Street at the corner of Arguello). Single tickets are $25. They may be purchased through the San Francisco Opera Box Office, which is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Box Office is in the War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Avenue) and may be called at 415-864-3330. Tickets may also be purchased online from the Single Tickets Web page on the San Francisco Opera Web site. When available, students with valid identification may obtain rush tickets for $15 at Temple Emanu-El beginning at 5:00 p.m., with a limit of two tickets per person.