Flowers, Spring, and Moon
Mar 31, 6:00 PM
Stride Arts Exhibition Hall

Soprano: Asako Tamura

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Soprano Asako Tamura has been praised by the press for her exquisite tone, artistic sensitivity, mesmerizing stagecraft as well as a first-class singing actress, brilliant jewel of a voice, blessed with glittering soprano. 

 

Asako has performed a wide variety of roles in Europe and USA since she sang with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti as the female soloist in the Three Tenors Concert in Yokohama before the World Cup Championship 2002. 

 

Recently she was honored to sing the National Anthem as a first foreign opera singer at the Exhibition Game of the Yankees vs the Nationals.

 

She sang Cio-cio-san in Madame Butterfly for Lyric Opera Baltimore and the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. as well as Summer of Knoxville 1915 with the Chicago Philharmonic. Other engagements include Madame Butterfly at London’s Royal Albert Hall, National Opera Teatro Solis in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Dubuque Symphony and for the opening season of Sarasota Opera. She also appeared with the Kalamazoo Symphony as Violetta in La Traviata before taking the rest of the season off to have her first baby after which she returned to Sarasota Opera as Leila in Les Pecheurs de Perles and as Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Hyogo Opera in Japan. She has also performed in the Summer Opera Festival at the Foro Romano in Rome and at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. Additionally she sang the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the National Opera in Constanz, Romania, at the Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese in Sicily and at the Hungarian State Opera tenor Ramon Vargas and at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari with tenor Matthew Polenzani. Juliette inRomeo et Juliette with the Hungarian State Opera and Gilda in Rigoletto on tour in Japan as well as Scarlatti’s L’Ottavia at the Scarlatti Festival in Tokyo and Donatoni’s Alfred, Alfred at the Arena Contemoranea in Verona. She graduated from Mannes college of music, Tokyo National University of fine arts and music. Residing in NYC doing a Goodwill ambassador of her hometown Joyo-city,Kyoto.

Flowers, Spring, and Moon

Asako Tamura Solo Recital    

Soprano: Asako Tamura

Piano accompanist: David Holkeboer(pf.)
clarinet player: Christa Somers

Spring – the joyous beginning of the natural cycle makes people radiant, light at heart, hopeful, and sometimes sweetly pained. 

Songs about spring have proliferated from ancient to modern times.

Enjoy these beautiful songs of spring on the day of the new moon, surrounded by the flower-themed paintings.

Program

  1. Tosti: Rosa (Italian)

  2. Mendelssohn: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (German)

  3. Quilter: Music when soft voices die (English)

  4. Faure: Discarded flower( French)

  5. Huang Zi: The three wishes of the rose (Chinese)

  6. Bekku: Cherry blossom alley (Japanese)

  7. Puccini: Mi chiamano Mimi from Opera “La Boheme” (Italian)

           

<<< Intermission>>> 15’00”

 

  1. Grieg: Spring (Norwegian)

  2. Chopin: Spring(Polish)

  3. Schubert: The shepherd on the rock (German)  *clarinet player: Christa Somers

  4. Debussy: Moonlight (French)

  5. Okano: Misty moon(Japanese)

  6. Dvorak: Song to the moon from Opera “Rusalka” (Czech)

Piano accompanist: David Holkeboer(pf.)

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David Holkeboer maintains a coaching studio in New York City and collaborates with singers in recitals.  Mr. Holkeboer has worked with the Chamber Opera Theatre of New York, the First American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, the O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, and Opera Lirica in Orvieto, Italy.  He has performed in over forty Community Concerts across the country with soprano Alba Quezada and has recorded a recital program with Mark S. Doss at the Sirius Satellite Radio studios for broadcast.

He recorded a CD of the songs of Robert Kahn with tenor Martin Dillon. For the past several years he has been the supplied pianist for the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition and the Liederkranz Foundation Art Song Competition.  He has appeared as collaborative pianist in performances with Ariel Bybee, Phillip Cokorinos, Susan Dunn, Faith Esham, Scott Hendricks, Ruby Hinds, James McCracken, William Andrew Stuckey, Erika Sunnegardh, Sandra Warfield, ConstantinosYiannoudes and Regina Zona. For the past fifteen years he has been the Associate Organist at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in New York City.  He graduated Calvin College in Michigan, studying with Ruth Rus, and under John Wustman he received a Master of Music from the University of Illinois. 

Clarinetist: Christa Somers

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Clarinetist Christa Somers has performed throughout New York City and beyond with groups such as the New York Repertory Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, One World Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Symphony, Dicapo Opera Theater, Richmond Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Claremont Chamber Players, and the Harlem Chamber Players.  She has performed solo and chamber works at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Sotheby’s Auction House, Union Seminary, and Columbia University.  She holds clarinet degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  She has three flourishing young musicians at home.

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Solo Exhibition 

Art on View: March3 – April 8, 2022

Meet the Artist

American-born, multidisciplinary artist Judi Harvest— whose extensive catalog oeuvre includes an amazing collection of abstract paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and multimedia works—is a legend who is just as energetic, inquisitive, and imaginative today as when she first began her career more than 40 years ago. Harvest has created works that are among the most technically profound and playfully vibrant in contemporary art. Among other things, she is known for her detailed Murano glass sculptures - from fruits such as tomatoes and pomegranates to insects such as honeybees - in fascinating, lifelike forms, meticulously sculpted using centuries-old Italian glassmaking techniques.

Judi Harvest: Nature