Age of Aquarius Artist Spotlight: Liz Cass

This season’s biggest chamber music party will be all the more unforgettable with this Austin “mover and shaker!” Born on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius, singer Liz Cass chatted with us about why she identifies with Mozart and about the magic of Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock.”

We’ll be celebrating Aquarius composers Schubert, Mozart, and Mendelssohn… all who were the pioneers of the ultimate chamber music parties. These composers loved small gatherings to make music and have fun! Do you identify with these composers?!?!

Naturally I identify with the supreme genius of Mozart, ha! You know I’m right on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius… I feel like a Capricorn when it comes to business and an Aquarius when it comes to play and little of both when it comes to music. What I admire greatly with these three composers is that they truly and deeply loved music so much. It doesn’t seem to be about business or politics at all. As a musician performing their works, you can trust every single moment and just go with the flow which is very Aquarian. The fact that they were all prolific in their short lives, that’s a little Capricorn-esque.

You’ll be singing Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock.” Tell us about this piece. What do you enjoy about it?

This is such a great piece and all women want to sing it, sopranos and mezzos alike. Musically, it’s this mini epic with really 3 pieces in one. I love the changes in mood from broad wonder to deep and slightly dark contemplation to hope conquering all. I love that message because hope is always worth it! The colors of the piano grounding the piece at the beginning followed by this hopeful sweet clarinet entering the scene and taking us on this little journey is simply magic. As a performer it is a pleasure to explore humanity through the lens of the Shepherd connecting to life and nature with all of it’s pains and joys.

You’re an amazing musical “mover and shaker” in our community! What do you think is the most important thing when performing for people?

Authenticity. Everyone connects with truth.

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