|The CBASO, CBA Chorus and Guest Choirs at Symphony Center, Chicago|
For the eighth consecutive year, in addition to the national voice competitions outlined on The American Prize website, contestants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2019-20, were invited to also apply for The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, the opportunity to be selected as soloists to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra, the CBA Chorus and guest choirs—more than three hundred lawyer-musicians and friends in all—this season performing the choral finale (4th movement) of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, in concerts entitled "ODE to JOY!"
Performances will be Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3pm at St. John Brebeuf Church, Niles, IL, and Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8pm at Symphony Center / Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the Beethoven, the concerts will feature three orchestra-member soloists in concerto movements, the Chicago premiere of "Celebration Overture" by The American Prize laureate composer, Christoper Lowry, and selections by the massed choirs, those under the baton of CBA Chorus Director, Stephen Blackwelder.
The Symphony Center performance marks the third time that the CBASO and CBA Chorus have presented major concerts in that hallowed hall, having performed "Carmina Burana" there in 2011 and "Something Wonderful" a concert of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, in 2015.
Here are ticket links:
June 22nd—bit.ly/OdeToJoy_Orchestra Hall
REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.
2019 Winners of
The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award
AMY PFRIMMER, soprano
|AMY PFRIMMER, soprano|
Pfrimmer is Tulane University’s Lillian Gerson Watsky Professor in voice. She serves as Tulane’s voice area coordinator/concert vocal series director. She is sought after for high energy, interactive master classes, and is a respected contest adjudicator. Awards for the soprano include Tulane University's USG Crest Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, Metropolitan Opera Education Fund and Florida Grand Opera’s Gilbert Artist of the Year.
With MSR Classics label, Pfrimmer has released two recordings: Souvenance: Mélodies and Organ Works of César Franck and Eternal Life: Sacred Songs and Spirituals.
Specific projects in 2014-2018 have included Schönberg’s expressionist mono-drama Pierrot Lunaire (Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), the tragic title characters in Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly (State Opera Stara Zagora Bulgaria), and Mozart’s heroine Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Lawrence Opera Theatre Kansas). With New Orleans Opera she appeared as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld as Juno, Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and the title character in Friedl.
She also gave concerts featuring the music of César Franck, St. Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, and sang Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. National/international recitals include Absolutely American!, American Summer Dream, and From New Orleans to Bulgaria featuring the works of American composers Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Carlisle Floyd, Moses Hogan, Rudolf Friml, Cole Porter, and Richard Hundley and Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev. With pianist Dreux Montegut, Pfrimmer created and performed a solo program Cabaret Soirée! featuring the American songbook composers Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Kurt Weill. She has been a regular soloist with the Marine Corps Band-New Orleans, and New Orleans Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Pfrimmer has appeared in several French concert series: Vendredi Soirées at St. Pierre le Jeune and Les Estivales de St. Guillaume in Strasbourg, L’Abbaye de Royaumont, as well as The American Cathedral and St. Eustache in Paris.
ANN CRAVERO, mezzo-soprano
|ANN CRAVERO, mezzo-soprano|
Ann Cravero has performed lead opera roles including the staged adaption of The Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of Håkan Hagegård honoring Dominick Argento who was in attendance (Source Song Festival), The Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at the University of Iowa, the Northland Opera Theatre, and the Rome Festival Opera in Rome, Italy. Ann also participated as an apprentice artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera. Cravero has served on the faculty of Milnes' Savannah Voice Festival, and the International Lyric Academy Italy with Stefano Vignati and Claudio Ferri.
Highly sought after for her interpretation of New Music, Dr. Cravero has performed with the Center for New Music in Iowa City, IA, including performances of works by Scott Dunn, Geoffrey Gordon, Bernard Rands, and Raffaele Grimaldi. Cravero also coached with Stephen Paulus and soloed two performances of his work, To Be Certain of the Dawn. In the fall of 2009 she was commissioned by the Iowa Composers’ Forum to tour IA with pianist Miko Kominami, and also premiered works for ICF in 2015. Ann has been featured on RAI TV in Italy and frequently broadcast on Iowa Public Radio.
Ann is the district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, and the recipient of honorable mention for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. She is the recipient of the Donald Walker Vocal Scholarship for outstanding vocal achievement at the University of Iowa, and receiver of outstanding academic achievement in the field of Music Education from Bradley University, and winner of the Bradley University Piano Concerto Competition. She has performed in master classes with Frederica von Stade and Michèle Crider, and coached with Cheryl Studer and Richard Boldrey. Cravero recently presented Mahler's 2nd Symphony with soprano, Michèle Crider for the re-dedication of Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City at the University of Iowa under the direction of William L. Jones.
Dr. Cravero is Associate Professor of Voice at Drake University, and an active participant of The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ann released an album of duets with soprano Camelia Voin and pianist Nicholas Roth (‘Endless Noise’ Studio) in Santa Monica, CA Dr. Cravero holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa where she studied with Stephen Swanson and Katherine Eberle, and a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis on Piano and Voice from Bradley University. For further information on the artist please visit anncravero.com or at https://www.facebook.com/anncraveromezzosoprano/
PATRICK MUEHLEISE, tenor
|PATRICK MUEHLEISE, tenor|
This season Patrick continues his residency at the University of California-Los Angeles for the second academic year and will return to the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival for his second year as Artist-Faculty in partnership with the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute.
In 2016, Mr. Muehleise was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Choral Performance category for his collaboration on True Concord’s album “Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus” which won the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. An active member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Patrick can be heard on six nationally released recordings with Grammy-nominated ensembles.
LEO RADOSAVLJEVIC, bass-baritone
|LEO RADOSAVLJEVIC, bass-baritone|
|Graphic by Carl Klein|