We are extremely grateful to the Rowland Foundation for their support of Emmanuel Music’s Community Connections program.
The Fellowship honors Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006) who began her musical career as a violist in the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music under the direction of Craig Smith. By the mid-1980s, she had become a full-time singer and moved into the ranks of the Emmanuel Chorus, honing her craft both as an ensemble musician and soloist in the environment of intellectual rigor and collegial support unique to Emmanuel Music. Her association with Emmanuel Music continued throughout her highly acclaimed career and included legendary accounts of Bach cantata arias, the role of Dejanira in Handel’s Hercules, and a riveting performance of Bach Cantatas BWV 82 and 199 staged by Peter Sellars and performed in major international venues. (Celebrated recordings of these performances are available through Emmanuel Music.) Lieberson’s talent was nurtured and developed within the Emmanuel Music community of musicians, and in particular, the weekly Bach cantata presentations. It is in this spirit that we celebrate and support the young musicians identified each year as Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellows. To view past Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellows, click here.
Tenor Jonas Budris performs early and modern music with equal passion. As a concert soloist, he sang with Boston Baroque in Handel’s Chandos Anthem, No. 8 and Charpentier’s Missa Assumpta est Maria; and with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio. In opera, Mr. Budris recently performed with Guerilla Opera as Garcin in No Exit and as John in Giver of Light. He performed as Bastien in Opera Boston’s production of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, as the Young Gypsy in Aleko with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, and in the title role of Candide with Lowell House Opera. This season, Mr. Budris will sing the role of Henrik in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Emmanuel Music and Anfinomo in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque.
Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother and violin with her father. Gabriela came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying with James Buswell. As a cancer survivor, Diaz is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Diaz was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation which enabled her to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Devoted to contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Roger Reynolds, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, Hans Tutschku, and Helmut Lachenmann. Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area new music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, and Callithumpian Consort. Last year, Gabriela joined the faculty of Wellesley College. Gabriela can be heard on New World, Naxos, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records.