Johannes Brahms’ wrote his choral masterpiece, Ein deutsches Requiem, after the deaths of his mother and composer Robert Schumann. It became the central work of Brahms’ career, one that established him as a composer of major stature, and linked two of the most important spheres of his lifelong musical endeavor – the vocal and the symphonic. Canterbury chooses Brahms’ own piano transcriptions as the accompaniment: two pianos, four hands.
Recorded on November 1, 2020 / Civic Center Music Hall
Digital Stream the concert through November 30th.
American soprano Sarah Coburn is captivating international audiences with her “precision placement, mercury speed, and a gorgeous liquid gold tone, gilded by a thrilling top and bottom register” (The Globe and Mail). Following her performances as Lucie de Lammermoor at Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Observer noted “she turns out to have qualities that have made legends out of so many of her predecessors, from Adelina Patti to Maria Callas: stage charisma, a thrilling upper register and, crucially, a fearlessness about abandoning herself to opera’s most abandoned heroine … this is a palpably exciting voice … Ms. Coburn is a budding prima donna of exceptional promise.”
Grammy award winning baritone Gabriel Preisser has been praised by Opera News for his “handsome voice, charismatic energy, and timbral allure,” and The New York Times called his performance as Lt. Gordon “wonderful.” He created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera, with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. He then took on the role of Farmer Bean in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox with both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera of Boston. He can be heard on the first official audio recording of Fantastic Mr. Fox which he won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for 2019.
Sergio Monteiro, Director of Piano Activities at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University, was born in Niteroi, Brazil. He began piano study at the age of four with his mother, and went on to work under the guidance of Myrian Dauelsberg at the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro and Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music.
In 2003, Monteiro won the 2nd Annual Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, thus launching his international career. He has appeared with orchestras in South America, Europe and North America, under the direction of Charles Dutoit and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, among others
Ruirui Ouyang, a native of Tianjin, China, received her degree in piano performance at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music under the supervision of Alexey Sokolov and Svetlana Sokolova. She received the MM with honors in Piano Performance at Oklahoma City University in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Sergio Monteiro.
Since 2014, Ruirui has won four piano competitions: the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, Movement I with the OU Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Music Teachers’ Association Concerto Competition, and the University of Alabama Concerto Competition, which led to her performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the University of Alabama Symphony Orchestra; and the Piano Solo Competition of the Alabama Music Teachers’ Association.
*All productions this season are programmed to avoid intermissions and the potential spread of COVID-19. More information on Canterbury’s plan to welcome you back safely is coming soon.