The 21st Century Consort, Christopher Kendall, artistic director, will premiere David Froom's setting of poetry texts by Marge Piercy, with mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote, February 11, 2012, at McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
Founded in 1975 as the 20th Century Consort, the group became the resident ensemble for contemporary music at the Smithsonian Institution in 1978. In its annual series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Consort presents finely balanced concerts frequently related to the museum’s exhibitions, featuring music by living composers - often world premieres - along with 20th century classics.
The American mezzo-soprano, Olivia Vote, studied at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), received her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina School of the Arts, and her Master of Music degree from Yale University. She is continuing her studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Phildelphia (third-year resident artist in 2010). She was Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2008), and earned the Phyllis Curtin Career Award at Yale University School of Music.
Under the direction of its founder and conductor, Christopher Kendall, the 21st-Century Consort’s artists include principal players from the National Symphony Orchestra, along with other prominent chamber musicians from Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. In 1990, the 21st-C Consort was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithson Medal in honor of their long, successful association.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, 8th & G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
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