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Lily Arbisser and Jason Wirth 2017 Performance on Monday August 14th at 7:00 PM

August 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Jason Wirth [spun] a gossamer web of unusual sounds on the piano,” writes the New York Times. A pianist, conductor, and vocal coach, Jason draws on his varied interests to bring new perspectives into his music-making. Jason was born in Minnesota, and performed on the piano extensively from a very young age, including appearances with the Moscow Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as a soloist. His recording of Poulenc’s The Story of Babar, with international film star Michael Douglas narrating, has been released on the Naxos label. As a music director, Jason has led a number of varied projects including the Modern Opera Company’s production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitor and Utopia Opera’s recent double bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and King Arthur (which he led from the harpsichord). Jason has a passion for contemporary music as well, and has performed with both the Center for Contemporary Opera and the award-winning new music choir Cantori New York in the last season. Educated at Mannes and the Yale School of Music, Jason is an expert performer of the operatic repertoire and has a deep love and affinity for art song, cabaret, musical theatre and jazz. His teachers include Alexander Braginsky (University of Minnesota) and Pavlina Dokovska (Mannes). For more information about upcoming projects, and video performances of Jason performing a wide variety of music, please visit his website jasonwirth.com





Lily Arbisser possesses an “individual-timbred soprano” (OPERA NEWS) that “floats effortlessly” (www.feastofmusic.com) over the orchestra. Known for delivering insightful performances, she is quickly establishing a reputation as a soloist of great versatility and depth. Her operatic performances include Monica in Menotti’s The Medium at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, in which her appearance and characterization were hailed as “ideal” (OPERA NEWS), Jeannette in the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L’Amant Anonyme with the little OPERA THEATRE of NY, Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante with the New York Opera Forum, as well as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Seabrook. Selected concert credits include the title role in Handel’s Theodora with the Columbia University Bach Society, the soprano soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Stonewall Chorale of New York City and in Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Handel’s Laudate pueri with The Harford Choral Society, as well as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Ars Choralis of Woodstock, NY. Ms. Arbisser grew up in Davenport, Iowa. An avid instrumentalist from an early age, she distinguished herself on the cello, French horn, and piano. At the age of seventeen, Ms. Arbisser was featured as the piano soloist in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Quad City Wind Ensemble. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. Ms. Arbisser received her Master of Music degree at Mannes College. www.lilyarbisser.com

Program for this Evening


Chopin: Ballade no. 3, Op. 47

Tchaikovsky: Dumka Op. 59

Poulenc’s “La voix humaine”


August 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm