On Feburary 5th, Emmanuel Music continues its 2011-2012 season with the first of two performances by piano virtuoso, author and educator Russell Sherman and acclaimed tenor Frank Kelley in the intimate Parish Hall at Emmanuel Church, Boston.
The first concert, on February 5 that 4 PM will feature Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, Op. 25. The second performance on February 19th at 4 PM will feature Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op. 48 and Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15. Both concerts will take place at 4 PM in the intimate Parish Hall at Emmanuel Church in Boston.
He has been called: virtuoso, master, genius, musical alchemist, philosopher of the keyboard, and Renaissance man. Russell Sherman, the prolific composer, pianist, author and Distinguished Artist in Residence at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, has issued dozens of critically acclaimed recordings, including the complete Beethoven sonatas (which made Mr. Sherman the first American pianist to have recorded every Beethoven sonata and concerto) and his 1990 landmark recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études. As author of the highly acclaimed book Piano Pieces,a rhapsodic compilation of vignettes and personal anecdotes from his life as a pianist and teacher, Mr. Sherman has been praised as an insightful educator as well as a virtuoso.
Throughout his 40 years as an educator, Mr. Sherman has mentored acclaimed pianists including Emmanuel Music founder, Craig Smith. Outside the classroom, Mr. Sherman has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (with whom he performed the Beethoven concertos), Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He also has played in the major cities of Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Korea, China, Russia and South America.
Tenor Frank Kelley first sang for Emmanuel Music as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutti, one of the three great Mozart opera collaborations between Emmanuel Music founder, Craig Smith and Peter Sellars. After Cosi, Kelley performed as Basilio in the Smith/Sellars production of The Marriage of Figaro and in their production of Das kleine Mahagonny/Conversations with Fear and Hope after Death.
He has also performed many roles with the Boston Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera Company, has appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and The Franfurt Opera.
In concert performances, Mr. Kelley has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Based at Emmanuel Church in Boston, the ensembles and soloists of Emmanuel Music (a separately incorporated non-profit) present 40 to 50 concerts annually in three series: the Cantata Series, the Evening Series, and the Chamber Series. Emmanuel Music was established in 1970 by Mr. Smith with a group of New England Conservatory students to perform the sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach in the context for which they were created, a Sunday worship service. The Cantata Series remains the core of the organization’s activities and is the only one of its kind in the United States. The Evening Series features large-scale works from the baroque, classical, and early romantic eras, and premieres of works by its resident composer and Principal Guest Conductor, Pulitzer-Prize winner John Harbison, James Primosch and others. The Chamber Series is dedicated to the encyclopedic exploration of chamber works by great composers, currently Beethoven. The organization shares its artistic and educational resources with the community through its Community Connections program, The Bach Institute, and the Lindsey Chapel Series.
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Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.