The Hugo Kauder Society will present its Seventh Annual International Hugo Kauder Competition in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, June 10, 2011. Among the eight singers (all under 35 years of age) that have been selected to perform in front of a live jury are three who study at or have graduated from the Yale School of Music.
The singers are sopranos Amanda Hall ’10MM, Jamilyn Manning-White ’12AD, Virginia Allison Barney, and Lesley Anne Friend, tenors Kijong Wi and Jason Hiester, and baritones David Pershall ’10MM, ’11AD, and Brian Robinson, the manager of the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
The competitors will perform art songs composed by Hugo Kauder, as well as a selection of Classical, Romantic, and contemporary music for voice. The first prize winner will also receive a concert opportunity in New York City.
The judges are Catherine Malfitano, a singer with the Metropolitan Opera and a member of the voice faculty of Manhattan School of Music; Ken Benson, the vice president of Columbia Artists Management; and George Boziwick, chief of the music division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The competition
will be held on Friday, June 10th, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Neighborhood Music School (100 Audubon Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and the public is invited.
The School of Music will host the Winners Concert on Saturday, June 11th at 12 pm. The concert will feature the first, second, and third place winners and will take place in Sprague Hall (470 College Street). The concert is open to the public; there is a suggested contribution of $10.
The Hugo Kauder Society’s mission is to foster awareness and appreciation of the work of Viennese composer Hugo Kauder (1888-1972), to create opportunities for emerging musicians to gain wider exposure, and to provide audiences with the unique opportunity to encounter Kauder premieres. Hugo Kauder came to the United States as a refugee in 1940, and many of his works have not yet been performed publicly in the U.S. Kauder has set to music numerous poems by distinguished German-speaking poets, such as Goethe and Nietzsche, and also English poetry by Yeats, Joyce and others. Several of the songs performed in this Competition will be world or U.S. premieres.
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