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Shenson Recital Series: James Westman, baritone, and John Churchwell, piano

James Westman served as Baritone in Residence with the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship program until March 2000. His performances at the San Francisco Opera include Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Marcello (La Boheme), Sylvio (Paggliaci), Germont (La Traviata), Renato (Ballo in Maschera), Sid (Albert Herring), and the First Philosopher (Louise). He has performed the leading roles of Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Donizetti, Janacek, Bizet, Britten, and Mozart in North America and Europe.
Westman has performed recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Aldeburgh Connection, the Canadian Arts and Letters Club, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Stratford Summer Music Festival, the Schawbacher Debut Recital Series, the Michigan Chamber Music Society, the Lanaudière Festival, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique, the Wexford Festival in Ireland, and the Symposiast's of Toronto Society. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Arts Orchestra, Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. He performed Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlioz’ seldom performed Romeo and Juliette with the Edmonton Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, and Mendlessohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Vancouver Symphony.
One of the leading collaborative pianists of his generation, John Churchwell enjoys a career on the concert stage and in leading opera houses. In August 2011, Mr. Churchwell was named the new Head of Music for San Francisco Opera. For the past 14 years, Mr. Churchwell has been an assistant conductor for both the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera. In that time, he has assisted on more than 85 productions and has collaborated with conductors including James Levine, Nello Santi, Nicola Luisotti, James Conlon, Donald Runnicles, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marco Armilliato, and Fabio Luisi. A champion of American music, John has participated in the world premieres of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. In the past three seasons, Mr. Churchwell has led musical preparation for the world premieres of Philip Glass's opera Appomattox, as well as the Stewart Wallace / Amy Tan collaboration The Bonesetter’s Daughter, both for San Francisco Opera. On the recital stage, Mr. Churchwell has partnered with vocalists including Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Dawn Upshaw, Carol Vaness, David Pittsinger, Patricia Schuman, Jill Grove, Karen Slack, and Anthony Dean Griffey.
Program

  • John Beckwith: St. John’s girl
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
  • Benjamin Britten: Tit for Tat
  • George Butterworth: Is my team ploughing?
  • Cole Porter: You do something to me, I love Paris, and In the still of the night
  • Henry Purcell: Music for a while
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Songs of anguish
  • Maurice Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
  • Traditional Irish: She moved through the fair

The Shenson Recital Series is generously funded by the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds at Stanford University.

Details

When:

Sunday, April 10, 2016. 02:30 PM

Where:

Campbell Recital Hall

Sponsor:

Department of Music
wkeats@stanford.edu

Admission:

GENERAL $15 | STUDENTS $10 | STANFORD STUDENTS FREE WITH SUID | SENIORS $10