Nathaniel Webster and Kevin Murphy
2 pm Sunday, September 26, 2004
Presented in association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation

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Nathaniel Webster
Leichtner Studios

Nathaniel Webster is developing a fine reputation on both the operatic and concert stage. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow, Mr. Webster recently completed two years at the Paris Opera’s Centre de Formation Lyrique, and was named second-prize winner in the 2000 International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich.

Nathaniel Webster’s 2004-2005 season includes recitals at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s Artist Residency Program. The baritone also performs in recital at Candlelight Concerts of Wilton, CT, and makes his debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in October, performing traditional works by Purcell, Schumann, Wolf and Ravel, as well as contemporary songs by Leonard Bernstein, Rufus Wainwright, Ned Rorem and George Gershwin. Mr. Webster returns to the Frankfurt Opera for his third season to perform in a number of operatic productions, with roles including Alvaro in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Apollo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Falke in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Melot in Wagner’s Tristan et Isolde.

Mr. Webster’s North American engagements last season included a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Runnicles, a special version of the Weber/Berlioz Der Freischütz at the Ravinia Festival and Ned Rorem’s song cycle Aftermath at Music@Menlo.

The opening of the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s 10th recital series in New York featured Nathaniel Webster and pianist Kevin Murphy in works by Schubert, Ives, DuParc, Bowles and Novello. He bowed with the Frankfurt Opera in productions of Romeo et Juliette (Mercutio), Così fan Tutte (Don Alfonso), Don Giovanni (Masetto), La Cenerentola (Dandini) and The Barber of Seville (Figaro) and debuted at Brussels’s Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie as Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste and with Munich’s Bavarian Radio Orchestra. In 2002 he debuted with the New York City Opera and Brooklyn Philharmonic.

In addition to his operatic interests, Mr. Webster remains committed to the study of art song and chamber music repertoire. He was selected by Carnegie Hall to participate in the Christa Ludwig masterclasses and was chosen by Margot Garrett and Martin Katz to study both art song and chamber music at the Steans Young Artist Institute. A native of Medina, New York, Mr. Webster currently resides in Frankfurt.

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Pianist Kevin Murphy joined the Metropolitan Opera music staff in 1993 as the first pianist invited by Maestro James Levine to participate in their Young Artist Development Program. He has played continuo harpsichord with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in productions of Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Clemenza di Tito, and Idomeneo. In addition to his on- and off-stage partnership with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, Mr. Murphy has collaborated in concert and recital with many of today's leading artists including Michelle DeYoung, Bejun Mehta, Gary Lakes, Nathan Gunn, Olaf Bär, Bryn Terfel, Marcelo Alvarez, Placido Domingo, Frederica von Stade, Renee Fleming, Paul Groves and Cecilia Bartoli. He has appeared in concert halls around the world including Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, the Mozarteum in Salzburg as part of the famed Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Châtelet in Paris. In 1997 he made a month-long tour in Japan with soprano Kathleen Battle. He is also respected for his work in master classes and as a private coach.

Kevin Murphy has performed in solo recitals throughout the United States and Europe and has been a guest soloist with both the Syracuse and Youngstown symphony orchestras. He regularly performs chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has appeared on The Today Show with soprano Renée Fleming, Good Morning America with soprano Cecilia Bartoli, The Tonight Show with tenor Gary Lakes and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts. He made his conducting debut with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver during the 1999-2000 season. He has been musical assistant and played continuo harpsichord for the Seiji Ozawa Opera Project in Japan for two seasons and returned as an assistant conductor in 2003. In 2002, he conducted rehearsals for Edo de Waart at the Netherlands Opera for their new production of Béatrice et Bénédict.

Recording projects include Twilight and Innocence and Clearings in the Sky with Heidi Grant Murphy for Arabesque Records, recital discs for EMI with baritone Nathan Gunn and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and a disc of Irish folk melodies with Mr. Lakes for Centaur Records titled Ireland, Mother Ireland.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Mr. Murphy received his Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler and James Tocco. He has a Masters of Music in Piano Accompanying from the Curtis Institute. Kevin Murphy makes his home in New York City with his wife, Heidi Grant Murphy, and their four children.


 

 

 

 

Program

Henry Purcell 1659-1695

If Music Be the Food of Love, Z. 379
An Evening Hymn, Z. 193
Music for Awhile, Z. 583, No. 2

Robert Schumann 1810-1856

Hochländers Abschied, Op.25, No. 13
Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb, Op. 27, No. 2
Jemand, Op. 25, No. 4
Niemand Op. 25, No. 22

Hugo Wolf 1860-1903

Selections from Goethe-Lieder
Prometheus, No. 49
Anakreons Grab, No. 29
Ganymed, No. 50
Der Rattenfänger, No. 11

Maurice Ravel 1875-1937

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Chanson de la mariée
Là-bas, vers l’église
Quel Galant m’est comparable
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
Tout gai!


Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990

Lonely Town (from On the Town)

Rufus Wainwright 1973

In a Graveyard

Ned Rorem 1923

The Park (from Aftermath)

George Gershwin 1898-1937
& Ira Gershwin 1896-1983

A Foggy Day

Rufus Wainwright

Pretty Things

George & Ira Gershwin

Lady Be Good

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