The Cunning Little Vixen with Opera Steamboat
Aug
9
to Aug 11

The Cunning Little Vixen with Opera Steamboat

Bridget has been selected as a young artist for Opera Steamboat's 2018 Opera Artist Institute.  The Opera Artist Institute plays a vital role in the life of Opera Steamboat, giving emerging artists a wide range of opportunities to learn and perform in a fast paced and supportive environment.  Participants are immersed in rehearsals for the shows, vocal coaching and Master Classes during their three-week residency in Steamboat Springs.

Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen

Role: the Fox

Conducted by Portland & Memphis Symphony Music Director Robert Moody

Stage direction by Grant Pressier

For tickets and more information, visit operasteamboat.org.

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Cavalli's La Didone with Haymarket Summer Opera Course
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Cavalli's La Didone with Haymarket Summer Opera Course

Now in its third year, Haymarket’s Summer Opera Course offers students a unique opportunity to study early Italian operatic literature and performance practice with leading artists in the field of early music.  The week culminates in a staged public performance of Cavalli’s La Didone accompanied by members of the Haymarket Opera Orchestra.

Cavalli’s La Didone premiered at Venice’s Teatro San Cassiano in 1640. Librettist Giovanni Francesco Busenello (author of the libretto for Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea) based the story on Virgil’s Aeneid.

Role: Giunone

2018 Summer Opera Course Faculty

Drew Minter, Stage Director
Craig Trompeter, Program Director, Feldenkrais®
Alessandra Visconti, Italian Diction
David Schrader, Vocal coaching and Performance Practice

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I-THOU World Premiere: May 3, 4, & 6
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

I-THOU World Premiere: May 3, 4, & 6

In the Spring of 2018, Fourth Coast Ensemble will present the world premiere of a song cycle by Chicago-based composer, Wayland Rogers, commissioned expressly for this vocal quartet. The new work, I-THOU, takes its title from the proposition of the philosopher Martin Buber that human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships. The composer has selected poems that are illustrative of relationships between various people: lovers, family, friends, and strangers. The new work, 33 minutes long, is presented alongside a selection of other songs from Wayland Rogers' catalogue. 

Pianist and Fourth Coast Ensemble Board of Directors Chair, Dana Brown, joins the quartet.

  1. Thursday, May 3 @ 6pm, Newberry Library, Chicago
  2. Friday, May 4 @ 7pm, Pleasant Home, Oak Park
  3. Sunday, May 6 @ 3pm, North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield

Tickets available at fourthcoastensemble.com.

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The Great God Pan (World Premiere) with Chicago Fringe Opera
Mar
10
to Mar 19

The Great God Pan (World Premiere) with Chicago Fringe Opera

MARCH 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18*, 2018 | 7:30PM (*3PM)

Music and Libretto by Ross Crean

The Great God Pan takes its story from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, which explores themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatural behavior. The story begins with a surgery gone wrong. Dr. Raymond invites Mr. Clarke to witness an important experiment based on elements of nontraditional, ancient rituals. Raymond sacrifices his ward, Mary, as the subject of his attempt to access a higher spiritual plane – referred to as, “seeing the Great God Pan” – and unwittingly initiates a series of mysterious supernatural occurrences that Clarke encounters over the next few decades.

Running time 80 min  //  Cash Bar
This space can only be accessed by one flight of stairs

Role: Austin

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Americana: at Newberry Library
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Americana: at Newberry Library

Fourth Coast Ensemble’s 2017-18 Season Winter concert, Americana, explores our nation’s cultural identity through art song. The program opens with quintessential American folk song settings, followed by contemporary art song focused on American natural landscapes, and a set celebrating the poetry of African-American poets from the past 150 years. An uplifting evening, this concert will reaffirm the power of music to document our past and guide us toward a more perfect union

Minneapolis-based pianist and Source Song Festival co-founder, Mark Bilyeu, returns to perform with Fourth Coast Ensemble for the second time. 

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Americana: at St. Paul & the Redeemer
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Americana: at St. Paul & the Redeemer

Fourth Coast Ensemble’s 2017-18 Season Winter concert, Americana, explores our nation’s cultural identity through art song. The program opens with quintessential American folk song settings, followed by contemporary art song focused on American natural landscapes, and a set celebrating the poetry of African-American poets from the past 150 years. An uplifting evening, this concert will reaffirm the power of music to document our past and guide us toward a more perfect union

Minneapolis-based pianist and Source Song Festival co-founder, Mark Bilyeu, returns to perform with Fourth Coast Ensemble for the second time. 

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Americana: Parlor Concert
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Americana: Parlor Concert

Fourth Coast Ensemble’s 2017-18 Season Winter concert, Americana, explores our nation’s cultural identity through art song. The program opens with quintessential American folk song settings, followed by contemporary art song focused on American natural landscapes, and a set celebrating the poetry of African-American poets from the past 150 years. An uplifting evening, this concert will reaffirm the power of music to document our past and guide us toward a more perfect union

Minneapolis-based pianist and Source Song Festival co-founder, Mark Bilyeu, returns to perform with Fourth Coast Ensemble for the second time. 
 

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alla Rossini: Parlor Concert
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

alla Rossini: Parlor Concert

Fourth Coast Ensemble's fourth season opens in the fall of 2017 with alla Rossini, a concert that explores the history and origins of the parlor concert and the chamber vocal quartet. The group will present selections from Bärenreiter's forthcoming critical edition of Rossini's vocal chamber music, edited by Philip Gossett and Daniela Macchione, including newly rediscovered and previously unpublished works of Rossini. The concert finishes with a well-known vocal chamber work also born out of the salon, Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder.

Fourth Coast is joined by pianist and Rossini scholar, Elizabeth Parker, as well as a Fourth Coast favorite, Matthew Gemmill, who joins for the Neue Liebeslieder

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alla Rossini at Ganz Hall
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

alla Rossini at Ganz Hall

  • Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fourth Coast Ensemble's fourth season opens in the fall of 2017 with alla Rossini, a concert that explores the history and origins of the parlor concert and the chamber vocal quartet. The group will present selections from Bärenreiter's forthcoming critical edition of Rossini's vocal chamber music, edited by Philip Gossett and Daniela Macchione, including newly rediscovered and previously unpublished works of Rossini. The concert finishes with a well-known vocal chamber work also born out of the salon, Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder.

Fourth Coast is joined by pianist and Rossini scholar, Elizabeth Parker, as well as a Fourth Coast favorite, Matthew Gemmill, who joins for the Neue Liebeslieder

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A Dream and a Mouse
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

A Dream and a Mouse

  • State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In cooperation with Chicago Opera Theater and their Chicago Premiere of Philip Glass’ Perfect AmericanFourth Coast Ensemble presents a concert series highlighting the life of Walt Disney. The concert weaves quotes and stories of Walt together with song. It’s a touch of whimsy, nostalgia, and fantasy.  The evening includes Juliana Hall's Fables for a Prince, John Musto's The Book of Uncommon Prayer, and Liza Lehmann's Nonsense Songs from Alice in Wonderland Featuring Matthew Gemmill, piano.

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A Dream and a Mouse: Preview Parlor Concert
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

A Dream and a Mouse: Preview Parlor Concert

In cooperation with Chicago Opera Theater and their Chicago Premiere of Philip Glass’ Perfect American, Fourth Coast Ensemble presents a concert series highlighting the life of Walt Disney. The concert weaves quotes and stories of Walt together with song. It’s a touch of whimsy, nostalgia, and fantasy.  The evening includes Juliana Hall's Fables for a Prince, John Musto's The Book of Uncommon Prayer, and Liza Lehmann's Nonsense Songs from Alice in Wonderland Featuring Matthew Gemmill, piano.

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Golden Quartet
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Golden Quartet

  • State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get to know the golden standards of the classical vocal quartet in an evening of song with Fourth Coast Ensemble. Fourth Coast will be joined by Source Song Festival’s general director and renowned pianist, Mark Bilyeu, in an evening not to miss. Songs by Brahms, Boulanger, Massenet, Schubert, as well as a set featuring American composers curated by Mr. Bilyeu.

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Golden Quartet: Preview Parlor Concert
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Golden Quartet: Preview Parlor Concert

Get to know the golden standards of the classical vocal quartet in an evening of song with Fourth Coast Ensemble. Fourth Coast will be joined by Source Song Festival’s general director and renowned pianist, Mark Bilyeu, in an evening not to miss. Songs by Brahms, Boulanger, Massenet, Schubert, as well as a set featuring American composers curated by Mr. Bilyeu.

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2016 Baroque on Beaver Music Festival
Jul
31
to Aug 7

2016 Baroque on Beaver Music Festival

  • Beaver Island, MI 49782 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Baroque on Beaver is a joyful series of concerts offered each summer on Beaver Island, Michigan, located 30 miles off the coast of Lake Michigan. Concerts include orchestral, choral, solo, and chamber ensemble, featuring professional performers. The performances focus on classical music, but you may hear jazz, popular, Broadway, spirituals, or whatever strikes the musicians’ fancy. “B-on-B” celebrates its 15th season in 2016, running from July 29th through August 7th. "B-on-B" is the signature event of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.

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Songs of the Fourth Coast
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of the Fourth Coast

  • State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fourth Coast Ensemble's final concert of the 2015-16 season SONGS OF THE FOURTH COAST explores vocal chamber music composed by Great Lakes-region born & bred musicians.  Enjoy the versatility of this vocal ensemble as they present quartets written by Wisconsin-native Daron Hagen (The Voice Within) right alongside solos by the same composer (Figments) and Minnesota-native Libby Larsen (3 Cowboy Songs), as well as works by Michigan's David DiChiera (Black Beads and A Letter to Sarah).

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Songs of the Fourth Coast: Preview Parlor Concert
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of the Fourth Coast: Preview Parlor Concert

Enjoy an intimate chamber music performance on Printer's Row in downtown Chicago as a part of our Preview Parlor Concert series!  Experience a preview of SONGS OF THE FOURTH COAST, a vocal recital highlighting contemporary American composers born and bred in the Great Lakes region, all while sipping on a glass of wine.  Repertoire includes quartets and solos by Wisconsin-native Daron Hagen, Minnesota-native Libby Larsen's 3 Cowboy Songs, and selections composed by Michigan's David DiChiera.

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Schubertiade Shuffle with CHAI Collaborative Ensemble
Feb
7
3:00 PM15:00

Schubertiade Shuffle with CHAI Collaborative Ensemble

A twist on the Schubertiade events that take place every year in late January and early February, musicians of CHAI present music of Romantic Era composers Robert Schumann, Louis Spohr and Johannes Brahms, as well as Schubert himself. Adding yet another spin on this program is the fact that it will be audience-driven: CHAI chose the selections, and the audience decides the order of the program.

Repertoire: Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91

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2016 Schubertiade Chicago at PianoForte Foundation
Jan
31
12:00 PM12:00

2016 Schubertiade Chicago at PianoForte Foundation

Celebrate Franz Schubert's birthday on January 31, 2016 with an afternoon of his music, continuously and simultaneously on two stages performed by Chicago's top musicians at PianoForte Studios. Free to the public. Suggested donation.

Bridget will appear with vocal chamber quartet Fourth Coast Ensemble from 4:35-4:55 PM.

 

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CAIC Winter Workshop: Russian Art Song with Lynn Kompass
Jan
8
to Jan 10

CAIC Winter Workshop: Russian Art Song with Lynn Kompass

Guest teaching artist Lynn Kompass (University of South Carolina) leads singers and pianists in this intense three-day workshop.  In addition to an overview of diction and unique language skills required for singing in Russian, participants will gain insight into the history, development, and performance practice of this exquisite and varied repertoire, culminating in a final participants' recital on Sunday.

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Fiesta de las Americas with Chicago Chamber Choir
Dec
20
3:00 PM15:00

Fiesta de las Americas with Chicago Chamber Choir

The pulsing rhythms and ecstatic melodies, folk music, and influences from the Old and New Worlds are expressed in the music of Mexico and Latin America.  Fiesta de las Americas features traditional songs, holiday carols and contemporary choral music under the baton of CCC's Artistic Director Doreen Rao.

Repertoire: Wayland Rogers' Three Songs on the text of Gabriela Mistral.

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Fiesta de las Americas
Dec
19
7:30 PM19:30

Fiesta de las Americas

The pulsing rhythms and ecstatic melodies, folk music, and influences from the Old and New Worlds are expressed in the music of Mexico and Latin America.  Fiesta de las Americas features traditional songs, holiday carols and contemporary choral music under the baton of CCC's Artistic Director Doreen Rao.

Repertoire: Wayland Rogers' Three Songs on the text of Gabriela Mistral.

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Vivaldi Gloria with Lake Forest Civic Orchestra
Nov
22
4:00 PM16:00

Vivaldi Gloria with Lake Forest Civic Orchestra

Lake Forest Civic Orchestra is proud to present the second concert of its 2015-16 season.

This concert, titled "Lifting Every Voice", will feature the orchestra's newly appointed Music Director Robert Nordling conducting Auber's Overture to Le Cheval de Bronze, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Op. 24, Franck's Psalm 150, and Vivaldi's Gloria.

A free public reception follows the concert.

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Guest Artist Recital with Dana Brown and Fourth Coast Ensemble
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Guest Artist Recital with Dana Brown and Fourth Coast Ensemble

  • Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Faculty and Guest Artist Recital; Dana Brown, piano with Fourth Coast Ensemble.  Repertoire: Lita Grier's Songs from Spoon River and Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen, Part One.

This concert is free and open to the public.
Tickets are not required; seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show photo identification to enter the Auditorium Building. For more information call: 312-341-2352.

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Songs@City Winery
Sep
20
11:30 AM11:30

Songs@City Winery

Enjoy Sunday brunch at one of Chicago's most exciting music venues while CAIC's Vocal Chamber Music Fellows perform a recital of modern and contemporary American art song.   Including selections by Libby Larsen, Leonard Bernstein, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Chicago composer Wayland Rogers.  Featuring soprano Karen Ann Baron, mezzo-soprano Bridget Skaggs, tenor Zachary Vanderburg, and pianist Brian Locke.

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2015 Collabortive Works Festival Master Class: Craig Terry
Sep
11
2:00 PM14:00

2015 Collabortive Works Festival Master Class: Craig Terry

Craig Terry, who appears regularly in recital with such esteemed singers as Christine Brewer, Stephanie Blythe, Joyce Didonato, Susan Graham, and Luca Pisaroni in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, and Carnegie Hall, will lead the Festival’s annual Master Class at PianoForte on the afternoon of September 11, 2015.  This year’s master class will focus on American art song, and will feature rising young stars of Chicago’s classical vocal music scene, accompanied by CAIC artistic staff.

Repertoire: Leonard Bernstein's La Bonne Cuisine.

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