UT Butler School of Music Recital Studio
2406 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712
Thursday, July 21 from 12:25-1:10 PM
Featuring Conspirare Artists performing Sung Poems by Emily Dickenson.
“O’Regan’s intentions and realization of the texts speak for themselves through artful, consistently engaging choral writing.” – David Vernier, CLASSICSTODAY.COM
“This music for chorus and strings is of unearthly beauty.“– Jeff Simon, THE BUFFALO NEWS
About The Artists
Commended by the Boston Globe for her “crystalline tone and graceful musicality,” soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad is a versatile performer with credits spanning the Renaissance era through the most current composers of our time. A champion of new music, Ms. Tengblad has premiered many roles and works including the Boston premiere of Kati Agocs’ Vessel for three solo voices and chamber ensemble, and Agocs’ world premiere of The Debrecen Passion (written for the Lorelei Ensemble) for which she was a featured soloist, both performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.Ms. Tengblad performs with the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas; the Yale Choral Artists, and Boston’s Blue Heron, Lorelei Ensemble, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Emmanuel Music.
Dann Coakwell, tenor, has been praised as a “clear-voiced and eloquent … vivid storyteller” (The New York Times), with “a gorgeous lyric tenor that could threaten or caress on the turn of a dime” (The Dallas Morning News). Coakwell can be heard as a soloist on the Grammy-winning The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Conspirare, 2014). Sought-after as a performer of Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries, he specializes in J.S. Bach’s Evangelist and the tenor roles of Benjamin Britten. Coakwell has performed as a soloist internationally and nationally under such acclaimed conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls, John Scott, and Craig Hella Johnson. Coakwell has performed multiple times in New York’s Carnegie Hall, and he made his Lincoln Center New York solo debuts at both Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall to critical acclaim in 2014. He has appeared as a soloist with organizations such as Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany, Bach Collegium Japan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Oregon Bach Festival, and Conspirare.
Michelle Schumann, piano
Hailed for her “sensitive, flexible, and tempestuous dexterity,” (Fanfare Magazine) pianist Michelle Schumann has built a reputation for evocative and moving performances. Since 2006, Michelle has served as artistic director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, where she “is fearlessly expanding our definition of chamber music.” (Austin-American Statesman) Her brand of performance includes an enthusiastic interplay with the audience and her trademark includes bringing diverse music together under a blanket of narrative events.
Schumann is artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and additionally holds a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory.