'Change the World, It Needs It', A Broadway to Classics Cabaret
Thursday, July 6, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center
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Into the Streets: May First (1934)
Music by Marc Blitzstein and Aaron Copland/ Text by Alfred Hayes
The Song of the Big Shot from Happy End (1929) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht/ English translation by Michael Feingold
Tango Ballad, Polly’s Song, Ballad of the Easy Life, Second Threepenny Finale from Die Dreigroschenoper (1928) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht/ English translation by Marc Blitzstein
Äendere die Welt, sie braucht es (Change the World, It needs it!) from Die Massnahme (1930) Music by Hanns Eisler/Text by Bertolt Brecht
Nickel under the Foot and The Cradle Will Rock from The Cradle Will Rock (1937) Music and Lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
How Can You Tell an American? from Knickerbocker Holiday (1938) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
This is New and My Shipfrom Lady in the Dark (1941) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Penny Candy from No For an Answer (1941) Music and Lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Beat! Beat! Drums! (1942) Music by Kurt Weill/Text by Walt Whitman
Buddy on the Nightshift (1942) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Schickelgruber (1942) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Wouldn’t You Like to be on Broadway? and What Good Would the Moon Be? from Street Scene (1946) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice
Zipper Fly (1945) Music and Lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Pirate Jenny and Second Finale from Die Dreigroschenoper (1928) Music by Kurt Weill/Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht/ English translation by Marc Blitzstein
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Lisa Vroman, soprano
From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, Los Angeles, and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As “One of Amercian Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” (Cameron MacIntosh), she has garnered theatre critics’ awards for her portrayal. Lisa starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Bushnell Theater with Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, and the Hartford Symphony), Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/MUNY Theatre of St. Louis), Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Symphony/Opera), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (New Jersey Opera), and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera). For PBS: Johanna in Sweeney Todd (2001 Emmy Award), and Hey! Mr. Producer (London Royal Gala). She played Laurey in Oklahoma (BBC PROMS festival), Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia), Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing (San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas), and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl (Disney 75th). Lisa is a frequent guest with symphonies including San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Pacific, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Florida, Cleveland, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero), New York Pops (Carnegie Hall) as well as with the New York Festival of Song and organist David Higgs (Disney Hall, Los Angeles). Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.
Ms. Vroman is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University at Potsdam (BM, Hon. Dr. of Music, Minerva Award), Carnegie Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner. Recent performances have included a multi-city tour of China, An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a concert series with L’Opera de Rennes in France, and playing the role of Maria Callas in Terence McNally’s award winning play, Master Class.
William Sharp, baritone
Baritone William Sharp has a reputation as a singer of artistry and versatility, garnering acclaim for his work in concert, recital, opera, and recording. He performs actively, as he has for four decades. He has appeared with most major American symphony orchestras including those of New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has created world premiere performances and recordings of works by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, John Harbison, John Musto, Jon Deak, Libby Larson, David Del Tredici, Lori Laitman, Steven Paulus, Scott Wheeler, and David Liptak. His performances and recordings of baroque and earlier music are equally acclaimed.
Mr. Sharp’s discography of several dozen discs encompasses music spanning 900 years, from the 12th century to today. His 1990 world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's last major work, Arias and Barcarolles won a GRAMMY Award, and he was nominated for a 1989 GRAMMY for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his recording featuring the works of American composers such as Virgil Thomson, John Musto, and Lee Hoiby. He made his New York recital debut in 1983, Kennedy Center debut in 1984, and Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1989. He is winner of the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Prize, and the Geneva International Competition.
Mr. Sharp has taught voice at the university level since 1977 and joined the Peabody Conservatory faculty in 2002. His students are performing throughout the world in concert and opera.
Shane Schag, piano
Ohio native Shane Schag received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ashland University of Ohio, and his Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2001, he received his Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music.
He has performed in recital both as soloist and ensemble performer throughout the United States and Europe, including a concerto performance with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He has won several awards and scholarships including the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Memorial Award, which was given to “a musician who demonstrated outstanding professionalism in collaborative piano.”
Mr. Schag has worked in the capacity of vocal coach for Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival, and as an assistant conductor for the Gotham Chamber Opera. In 2007, Mr. Schag made his debut at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), and now he serves as staff pianist for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers concert series, which reaches out to public schools across the tri-state area, and the Lotte Lenya Competition in Rochester, New York. Mr. Schag is also Music Director for the American Musical Theater Ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, and is on the faculty of Operaworks in Los Angeles.