FORCES: tenor, soprano, piano, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos
First presented by the Athena Music Foundation at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, this program, devised by Mr. Lorenz, comprises several works chosen as examples of beauty perceived at the limits of human perception. Butterworth’s Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (with piano OR in an arrangement for string sextet), Duparc’s Phidylé and Extase, Ravel’s “Ondine” from Gaspard de la nuit, Messiaen’s La mort du nombre, and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.
About Gregory Lorenz
Gregory Lorenz is known for his vivid interpretations of repertoire from all periods. Recent appearances have focused on concert performances of Mozart’s operas, with the Pacific Symphony (Ferrando in excerpts from Così fan tutte), Opera Camerata in Washington, DC (the title role in The Impresario) and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina (Pedrillo in Die Entfűhrung aus dem Serail). At the Metropolitan Opera he has joined the ranks of the Lehrbuben in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, conducted by James Levine, in addition to numerous performances as Parpignol in Puccini’s La Boheme and Uncle Yakuside in Madama Butterfly.
Concert and recital highlights include Britten’s Serenade and Vaughan-Williams’ 10 Blake Songs in recital for Friends of Music at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York City; appearances with Musica Viva of New York (most notably Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle with Warren Jones, pianist); Italian folk songs with the New York Philharmonic, “warming up the crowd” for Luciano Pavarotti’s famous concert in Central Park; and appearances in Graz, Austria as part of the AIMS program. A committed advocate of “new” music, he has premiered works by Raoul Pleskow, Olga Gorelli and Laurie Altman.
Mr. Lorenz received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and was a full-time member of the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera for 22 years. He makes his home in New York City, where he keeps a small studio of voice students. Upcoming performances include appearances on behalf of Sing for Hope, which provides access to the arts for people in need.