Studio Session with Career Bridges Vocal Competition Winners

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The first half of this week's Young Artists Showcase features a live session with the recent winners of the Career Bridges Vocal Competition. Nicole Haslett, Robert Balonek and Aaron Short perform selections from The Magic Flute and Die Fledermaus, as well as songs from Man of La Mancha and The Music Man, all with pianist Ted Taylor. 

The mission of Career Bridges is to help young operatic talents launch their careers after conservatory training through grants, mentoring and performance opportunities over a period of three years. Some of the performers on this week’s show will be featured at the Career Bridges Gala honoring soprano Angela Meade on May 14 at the Essex House. 

Closing this week's program are pianists Chelsea Wang performing Debussy’s L'isle joyeuse, and Sean Chen, who was featured on last week’s studio session, in a concert recording from Indianapolis of Chen’s own arrangement of Ravel’s La Valse, for solo piano.

Program details: 

Mozart: "Papageno Papagena" from The Magic Flute
— Nicole Haslett, soprano and Robert Balonek, baritone with Ted Taylor, piano

Gounoud Ah: "Leve-toi soleil" from Romeo et Juliette
— Aaron Short, tenor with Ted Taylor, piano

Strauss "Adele’s Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
— Nicole Haslett, soprano with Ted Taylor, piano

Meredith Wilson: "Till There Was You" from The Music Man
— Nicole Haslett, soprano with Ted Taylor, piano

Mitch Leigh-Joe Darion: "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" from Man of La Mancha
— Robert Balonek, baritone with Ted Taylor, piano

All above recorded live in the Young Artists Showcase studio.

Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
— Chelsea Wang, piano. Recorded live at the Ossining Library in October 2012.

Ravel: La Valse (arranged by Sean Chen)
— Sean Chen, piano. Recorded live in Indianapolis in November 2011.

Chopin: Nocturne, Op 62
— Chelsea Wang, piano. Recorded live at the Ossining Library in October 2012.

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