Eastman School of Music Presents: Susan Graham

January 31, 2019

More Information:
For Media Only: Jessica A. Kaufman (585-274-1057, jkaufman@esm.rochester.edu)

Eastman School of Music announces Grammy-award winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, together with pianist Bradley Moore on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

An artist in the highest echelon of international performers, Susan Graham’s operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. She has won a Grammy Award for her collection of Charles Ives songs; been awarded the French government’s prestigious “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” for her commitment to French music; and her recital repertoire is so broad that 14 composers from Purcell to Sondheim are represented on her most recent Onyx album, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos. 

Graham’s Eastman program centers on Robert Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und leben (A Woman’s Love and Life), which depicts the joys and sorrows of love, marriage, and death. Graham augments and illuminates Schumann’s iconic work with thematically related songs by Grieg, Strauss, Fauré, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, and others.

In demand as a recital partner, Bradley Moore has appeared with Susan Graham in venues including the Casals Festival and the Gilmore Festival. He has collaborated with Renée Fleming and Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall and on several national tours, and he enjoys partnerships with Ms. Meade, Tamara Wilson, Christine Goerke, Alice Coote, Eric Cutler, Eric Owens, Denyce Graves, and clarinetist Julian Bliss. He has performed live on A Prairie Home Companion with Ms. Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, and with Joshua Bell on CBS Sunday Morning and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.  His discography includes a recital with Mr. Cutler on the EMI Classics Debut Series, a recital with Mr. Bliss for Signum Classics, and a recital of songs by American composer Daron Hagen for Arsis Audio.  Bradley Moore was most recently Associate Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera, where his responsibilities included musical direction of the HGO Studio and HGOco.

Tickets for Graham and Moore are $29-40, with $10 student tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at http://eastmantheatre.org. This performance is generously sponsored by Mark and Lois Taubman.

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About Eastman School of Music: 

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 550 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 25 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and numerous alumni and faculty have received Grammy Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 800 concerts to the Rochester community.

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