Concert and Exhibition
Due to the recent upward trend in COVID cases and the spread of the Delta variant, our musicians have decided to reschedule this concert to postpone the performance from Sept.9 to a later date, to be decided. As soon as a new date is set, We will send you the invitation. We apologize for this change and thank you in advance for your understanding. This difficult decision was carefully made out of concern for the health of our audience members and performers. Mr. Osborne and Mr. Cheng will return to our stage at a later date to perform this fantastic program when everyone feels safer and more at ease. We look forward to sharing that night with you in the near future.
The Modern Art Meets Chamber Music series at Stride Arts presents Shadows: A Cabaret performed by bass-baritone Robert Osborne and pianist Xu Cheng. Shadows features songs of love and revolution, crime and corruption, exile and experiment, danger and loneliness in an international Cabaret. You will hear renowned songs by Kurt Weill, Franz Waxman, Friedrich Hollaender, Mischa Spoliansky, Giovanni D’Anzi, Cesare Bixio, Marc Blitzstein, William Bolcom, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and others. Join bass-baritone Robert Osborne and pianist Xu Cheng on a musical tour of some of the darker, more obsessive and more sinister paths of popular song from the 1920’s to 1940’s.
Accompanying the music will be a Stride Arts collection of modern artworks that tell stories about life, nature, and human nature.
A Cabaret: SHADOWS
Bass-baritone ROBERT OSBORNE has sung over fifty roles in operas from Bernstein to Weill with companies in Paris, Berlin, New York, Houston, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. His concert career has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Victoria Hall in Singapore, the Gran Teatro in Havana, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow where he has sung under such distinguished conductors as Bernstein, Ozawa, Spivakov, Tilson Thomas, John Williams and Russell Davies. He has appeared with the Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Nakamichi, USArts/Berlin, Aspen and Marlboro Festivals as well as on several celebrated telecasts for the BBC, PBS, Russian and European television. In the musical theatre repertoire, he has appeared in four City Center Encore! productions, in the Bernstein at 70! Gala from Tanglewood, and in the BAM Salutes Sondheim Gala. His recordings of operas include Harry Partch’s The Wayward, Meredith Monk’s Atlas, Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, Hindemith’s Hin und zurück, David Lang’s Anatomy Theater, Richard Wilson’s Aethelred the Unready, and Stewart Wallace’s Kaballah. His solo recordings include Schubert’s Winterreise as well as CDs devoted to songs by Franz Waxman, Henry Cowell, Leo Sowerby, John Alden Carpenter, and Shostakovich. Osborne holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale University and is on the faculties of Vassar College and Columbia University/Barnard College. Visit: www.RobertOsborne.net
Pianist XU CHENG is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York City. Xu is the winner of the Recognition Award in the Ninth Chinese Golden Bell Music Awards and has won first prize at the “Sunflower” National Piano Competition held by China Merchants Bank. Highlights of the 2020-21 season include performances at The Juilliard School, New York Athletic Club, Union League Club and collaborations for Midori and Friends. The past 2019-20 season includes working as an accompanist for flute entrance auditions at The Juilliard School and Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall. Other ongoing work includes performances at various health facilities, nursing homes and private homes through Concerts in Motion, in which Xu has had the pleasure to collaborate with other musicians, primarily on Zoom since the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, as a teacher, Xu has experience working at The Juilliard School and as a private teacher, conducting theory class, piano sight-reading class and secondary piano class. A native of China, Xu attended Shanghai Conservatory of Music and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where he was enrolled in the accelerated BM/MM program and studied with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. He has also been under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Zeger in the collaborative piano program at The Juilliard School.