Today it was announced that in collaboration with The Phillips Collection, Vocal Arts DC will present a special recital in the museum's elegant and intimate music room on Thursday evening, April 17 at 6:30 pm. The program will feature soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Matthew Morris, accompanied by Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds in an evening of music that draws inspiration from artworks in The Phillips Collection's exhibit, Made in the U.S.A.: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850-1970."
Ms. Conte and Mr. Morris, co-winners of Vocal Arts DC's 2013 "Art Song Discovery Competition" for emerging area singers, have carefully selected songs by American composers as "pairings" with 17 of the over 200 masterworks by American artists included in the exhibit. The result is a program that reflects the rich diversity of canvases by artists including Clyfford Still, Winslow Homer, Everett Shinn, Ben Shahn, Rockwell Kent, Arthur Bowen Davies, Jerome Myers, and Walt Kuhn with songs by Paul Rochberg, John Musto, William Bolcom, Leonard Bernstein, Morton Lauridsen, John Duke, Charles Ives, and Lori Laitman, among others. Ms. Conte and Mr. Morris will narrate the program, which will include high resolution projected images of the artworks that inspired their programming choices as they perform each song.
Ms. Conte received both her bachelor and master degrees from The Peabody Institute, and has performed frequently in the area with such companies as Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, and Young Victorian Opera Theatre. She performs as Anna in Verdi's Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore this spring. Mr. Morris received his undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School and his master degree from Bard College. His eclectic résumé of experiences in opera, music theater, and concerts includes a European tour as Papageno in Peter Brook's French adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute; concert performances of Bernstein's Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra; Milhaud's La Délivrance de Thésée at Tanglewood directed by Mark Morris, and Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Morris also became Associate Artistic Director of Songfest at Colburn in 2013.
Tickets to the program are $20 for the general public, $8 for members of The Phillips Collection. To make a reservation online, click the link here: