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Santa Fe Concert Series

2017-18 Academic Year: Fall Semester

Evening Concert: “Nostaglia”

Stephanie Houtzeel, Mezzo Soprano
John Milbauer, Piano

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m., The Great Hall

This evening’s concert explores nostalgia in the music of three distinct parts of the world: Mahler’s Vienna, Charles Ives’ New England and the Buenos Aires of a wonderful group of Argentinian Composers. The music unfolds in four thematic groups: “Tales and Memories,” “Love,” “The Senses” and “Regret/Loss.”

Ms. Houtzeel will present a short intro about the unusual program order at the beginning.

American Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Houtzeel was born in Kassel, Germany and grew up near Boston, MA. She studied French and Political Science at Middlebury College before obtaining her Masters of Music at the Juilliard School. She is currently a soloist at the Vienna State Opera where her roles include Octavian (in Der Rosenkavalier), der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Jenny Hill (Mahagonny) and Miranda (The Tempest/Adès). In 2016 she created the role of La Haine in Vienna’s first production of Gluck’s Armide, as well as the role of Vera in the world-premiere of Patchwork, a new work for children to be released on DVD.

A Strauss specialist, the roles of Octavian and Komponist have taken Stephanie to the Paris Opéra, to the Kennedy Center (with Renée Fleming/Christoph Eschenbach), to Zurich (with Fabio Luisi) and most recently to Tokyo under Marek Janowski.

A personal highlight has been the title role in Handel’s Xerxes, at the Komische Oper Berlin and at the Oper Graz, which garnered Stephanie a nomination for the 2016 Austrian Music Theatre Award. 2016 also marked her debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele in Wagner’s Ring.

Stephanie’s extended repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Berlioz, Mozart to Ligeti, has sent her to the Salzburger Festspiele, the Semperoper Dresden, the Opéra de Lyon, the Royal Danish Opera, the New York City Opera, Theater an der Wien, Opéra National du Rhin, the New Israeli Opera, the Grazer Oper or the Vlaamse Opera. She also appears regularly in concert and in festivals around the world—most recently with Valery Gergiev and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Recordings include her 2016 solo Lieder album Nostalgia with Charles Spencer, the title roles in both Lully’s Armide and von Suppé’s Fatinitza as well as the alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem (under Teodor Currentzis).

Stephanie’s 2017/2018 season will feature further appearances in Bayreuth, Vienna, Berlin, her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and a US/European recital tour.

Steinway Artist John Milbauer has recently performed in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. Highlights of 2017 include Ravel’s Concerto in G with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart in Boston’s Symphony Hall, Poulenc’s Aubade with San Diego Winds, recitals with Stephanie Houtzeel of the Vienna State Opera, and residencies with the Conservatorios Nacionales Superiores of Sevilla and Jaén in Spain. Current projects include a recording of the music of Manuel Ponce and performances of Milbauer’s “Which Side Are You On?” program based on themes of protest, immigration, and workers’ rights. France’s Republique du Centre has called him “a virtuoso of the first magnitude” while American Record Guide wrote, “Milbauer employs a full expressive range, performs with astounding delicacy, and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility.” A laureate of the Orléans Concours in France for piano music of the 20th Century, he has performed concerts devoted only to chance music and enjoys playing music that employs electronic sounds, prepared piano, extended techniques, and graphic notation; in a similar vein, he has contributed a chapter on the performance of the music of John Cage to The Pianist’s Craft series. A versatile musician, Milbauer has performed with the Mills Brothers and Pink Martini, and has a discography that includes a release with violinist David Garrett that has over 250,000 views on YouTube.

Milbauer studied music, classics, and government at Harvard College before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He was awarded the Eastman Performer’s Certificate (the highest performance honor of the school) and the Wolodarsky Prize from the Banff Centre, and was nominated for the Gina Bachauer prize for outstanding pianist at Juilliard. His teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Ferenc Rados, György Sebök, and Rebecca Penneys. Since 2012 he has been Co-Director of the Chautauqua Piano Program, helping to transform it into one of the premiere summer piano programs in the Americas. An avid hiker, Milbauer has led more than a dozen backcountry tours through Grand Canyon, most recently a solo traverse across the Tonto Trail through Cremation and Lonetree Canyons.

Evening Concert: Atrium Quartet

Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m., The Great Hall

The Atrium Quartet will be performing Beethoven’s string quartet op. 18, no. 2 in G major, Brahms’ string quartet op. 51, no. 2 in A minor, and Shostakovich’s string quartet no. 12, op. 133, in D-flat major.

$20 for the general public, free for members of the college community.