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By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 9/24/2016 8:07 PM

IlluminArts is an art song and vocal chamber music series I started in Miami three years ago. It’s almost amazing to think that it has already been three years! The amount of work, learning, and passion that has gone into building a series from scratch, and everything that goes along with that (becoming a non-profit, forming a board, learning about grants and marketing, etc.), has all been driven by my love for the art form, and how to make it relevant to our ever-changing audience, especially the audience here in Miami...

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 3/18/2013 12:00 AM

Next Saturday, the Brooklyn Art Song Society will present the third installment of its new music series In Context. The purpose of In Context is to present the works of living composers alongside ‘standard’ repertoire with the goal of showing continuity instead of contrast. Art song is especially well equipped to...    

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 12/4/2012 12:00 AM

On Tuesday November 6th I woke up in Montpellier, France to be greeted by sad news.  Although he had reached the ripe old age of 103, I was still sadly taken aback by the death of the extraordinary composer Elliott Carter.  It seemed curious timing since I was in France to perform... 

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM

New York based pianists Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware are part way into an ambitious project: to perform all of Schubert’s Songs in one season.  It takes a village to make something like this happen of course, and it turns out that the Schubert-Village is thriving.  Singers and pianists are 

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 10/16/2012 12:00 AM

Yes indeed, this Tuesday

is the night to celebrate all things PIERROT!!!!!!! 

Here is my recommendation of activities and thoughts for the whole day...

[repeat as many times as you like]


By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 10/1/2012 12:00 AM

As a double-major in solo piano and music history at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, I always gravitated toward Art Song and involved myself in projects and classes dedicated to this art form. In 2010 and 2011 I had attended summer programs dedicated to Art Song (the Vancouver International Song Institute – VISI, and    

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 9/17/2012 12:00 AM

Japanese mezzo-soprano Hideko Asada has brought a provocative new interpretation of Schubert’s Winterreise to the table.  Although her work has yet to be translated into English, Sparks & Wiry Cries has the inside scoop from the author herself!

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 9/1/2012 12:00 AM

I’m entering my senior year at Oberlin Conservatory, majoring in Vocal Performance. In 2012 I attended two excellent summer programs on opposite sides of the continent: Songfest in Los Angeles, and the coOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College (WCC.) Each of the programs has a different focus, but I found both to be stimulating and...

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