january, 2018

24jan12:15 pm- 1:00 pmWhitney Morrison, Soprano & Madeline Slettedahl, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Whitney Morrison, Soprano
Madeline Slettedahl, Piano

Chère nuit (6’)
Alfred Bachelet (1864 – 1944)

Apparition (4’)
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Singing Earth (13’)
I. The Wind Sings Welcome
II. Summer Stars
III. Tawny Days
IV. Great Memories
Elinor Remick Warren (1900 – 1991)

Skylark (3’)
Hoagy Carmichael (1899 – 1981)

Solitude (4’)
Duke Ellington (1899 – 1974)

How High the Moon (6’)
Morgan Lewis (1906 – 1968)

Soprano Whitney Morrison is a first-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Chicago native earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal music and pedagogy at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. While a student there she portrayed Miss Pinkerton/Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and, as a soloist with the university’s Aeolians ensemble, toured to venues throughout America as well as to Moscow. Subsequently she earned a master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music. Morrison has also studied and performed in Germany at the Neil Semer Vocal Institute.  Among her other performance credits are an appearance at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, “MLK Expressions,” featuring Tavis Smiley; her debut at Rochester’s Kodak Hall singing Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” with the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and, in Chicago, Donna Anna/Don Giovanni. Morrison’s successes in competitions include top prizes in the National Classical Singer University Competition, the R. Nathaniel Dett Club NANM Scholarship Competition, and the Musicians Club of Women Competition. The soprano is also a two-time recipient of the UNCF John Lennon Endowed Scholarship, a former finalist in the Luminarts Classical Music Competition and a regional finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Morrison makes her debut as Countess Ceprano/Rigoletto and will portray Gerhilde/Die Walküre (new production).

Pianist Madeline Slettedahl, from Seattle, Washington, is in her first year with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. A 2016 participant at Music Academy of the West and winner of that year’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, she served as rehearsal pianist for the Academy’s production of The Bartered Bride and OperaFest scenes program. Recent engagements include rehearsal pianist for Menotti’s The Telephone and The Medium (Opera in the Heights) and coach/pianist for the 2017 world-premiere workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A House Without a Christmas Tree (Houston Grand Opera). Slettedahl debuted at Carnegie Hall in January 2017 performing in master classes with Dame Felicity Lott and pianist Margo Garrett for Carnegie’s The Song Continues Institute. Two months later she completed a nationwide recital tour with baritone Ben Lowe. She has performed world premieres of numerous commissioned works, including “Willows” by composer-conductor Roger Briggs and “My Life a Lyric Cry” by Greek-Canadian composer Constantine Caravassilis. Slettedahl is an alumna of Rice University (master’s degree, Andre Watts Scholarship, Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program Olshan Foundation Fellowship Award) and Western Washington University (bachelor’s degree, first prize in the WWU Concerto Competition, Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition). She will serve on the Lyric Opera music staff for the 2017/18 production of The Pearl Fishers.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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