Every December, on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the month, the Center celebrates Beethoven’s birthday with an open house, refreshments, and a short concert or lecture. We welcome Beethoven enthusiasts of all ages to join us!
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Recital of vocal music with Richard Mix, bass, and Allan Crossman, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98 (1816, text by Jeitteles)
Three Songs set to texts by Goethe, op. 83 (1810)
Wonne der Wehmut
Mit einem gemalten Band
Three songs set to texts by Goethe
Wonne der Wehmuth, D.260 (1815)
Sehnsucht, D.123 (1814)
Geheimes, D.719 (1821)
Lob der Faulheit (1782, text by Lessing)
Fidelity (1794, text by Anne Hunter)
Richard Mix (bass) appears with over a dozen Bay Area opera companies singing a repertoire that embraces Wagner and Monteverdi as well as Scelsi and Stockhausen. A former cellist, he made his singing debut as Truelove in Berkeley Contemporary Opera’s 1992 production of The Rake’s Progress and went on to the Darmstädter Sommerferienkurse für neue Musik, where he was awarded a Patenring grant and re-invited in 1994 and 1996. West coast premieres range from Arthur in Maxwell Davis’ The Lighthouse to C.P.E. Bach’s 1789 Matthaeuspassion. Recent roles are Wotan in Die Walküre, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and the Nabokovian title role in Vladimir in Butterfly Country by Ann Callaway.
Allan Crossman has had the special pleasure of accompanying many vocal soloists in concert and on the theater stage, and composing for an array of international performers. Among his theater scores is The Log of the Skipper’s Wife, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and the Kennedy Center, with music drawn from Irish/Scottish airs and shanties. The Border, a musical revue, appeared at SF Cabaret Opera, and they will premiere his musical, Mozart! Where Are You? in 2015-16. He has taught at Concordia University (Montreal), San Francisco Conservatory, Wheaton College, Pacific Conservatory, and The Crowden School.
Mr. Mix and Mr. Crossman recently performed a program of Mahler, Poulenc, Rautavaara, and Crossman at the Berkeley Arts Festival.
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