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Soprano Janna Baty performs music from Rossini to Rands

December 14, 2010

Baty joined by guest artists Daniel Hobbs, piano, and Sarita Kwok, violin


The Yale School of Music presents a recital by soprano Janna Baty on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Baty has been praised by the London Financial Times for her “eloquent dignity and vibrant tone” and by the Boston Herald for her “voice brimming with richness and confidence.” In this performance, part of the School’s Faculty Artist Series, she will perform with pianist Daniel Hobbs and violinist Sarita Kwok.

The program incorporates a broad range of music, beginning with Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) and continuing with Debussy’s Proses Lyriques, a set of four songs on the composer’s own symbolist poetry. Baty, a frequent performer of new music, will sing Memo 7 by the composer Bernard Rands (a YSM alum), with whom she has worked in the past. The program continues with Samuel Barber’s Four Songs, Op. 13: “Nocturne,” “Monks and Raisins,” “Sure on this Shining Night,” and “I Hear an Army.” The evening will conclude with Villa-Lobos’s Suite para canto e violino, a collection of three songs for voice and violin.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Janna Baty

Janna Baty, soprano, has garnered international accolades in her exceptionally versatile career. Recent engagements include appearances with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Boston Lyric Opera. She appears regularly with such contemporary ensembles as Collage New Music and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has sung under Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano, among many others. Winner of several international competitions, most notably the XXI Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition (Chile), Baty has given concerts across Europe, the U.S., and South America, with such musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. She has worked alongside composers including Bernard Rands, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison. Baty can be heard on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Naxos disc of works by Reza Vali. She is an alumna of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, and is currently Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Voice at the Yale School of Music.


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