Chamber Music Sedona Presents
“Shepherd on the Rock”
Songs by Schubert, Bernstein, and more
Sarah Shafer, soprano | Alex Fiterstein, clarinet | Roman Rabinovich, piano
Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 2:30pm
Three brilliant artists, including rising star soprano Sarah Shafer, join forces for a rich and contrasting program of sublime Schubert lieder alongside classics by Leonard Bernstein and more. Hear Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” in the Red Rocks!
About the artists
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “crystalline sound, perfectly true intonation, glowing warmth, and total presence” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer actively appears on the leading operatic and concert stages of the world. Highlights of her 2018-19 season will include her house and role debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with San Diego Opera, as well as appearances with the Harrisburg Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and more. The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Shafer’s debut with the Metropolitan Opera singing Azema in the John Copley production of Semiramide, conducted by Maurizio Benini, and her company and role debut in the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera. Concert work included appearances with Detroit, Utah, Eugene, and Malmö Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Shafer was a resident artist at the Marlboro Music Festival for five summers and is a winner of the 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions. She holds degrees in voice and opera from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she performed in over 20 productions.
Praised by The New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling”, the eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He has performed throughout Europe and the USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, and New York’s Lincoln Center. Recent highlights include appearances with Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Roger Norrington, KBS Orchestra and Yoel Levi, Szczecin Philharmonic, Dohnanyi Symphony in Budapest, and recital engagements at Washington Performing Arts Society, Vancouver Recital Society, Chopin Society in St. Paul, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Walter Reade Theatre, and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Rabinovich will release Volume 1 of the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas on First Hand Records in the fall of 2018. Dubbed “a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word” (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist.
Recognized as one of today’s most exceptional clarinet players, Alexander Fiterstein performs in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles around the world. As a soloist, Mr. Fiterstein has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in recital at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Louvre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Tel-Aviv Museum. A winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, Fiterstein regularly collaborates with renowned chamber music ensembles and musicians, including Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim, and Mitsuko Uchida. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he currently serves as Clarinet Professor at the Peabody Conservatory.
Franz Schubert: Selected Lieder
Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
• Shepherd on the Rock
Joseph Canteloube: Chants D’Auvergne- Series 3
John McCabe: Folk Songs op.19 for soprano, clarinet, and piano
• “Dream with Me” from Peter Pan
• “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story
Gershwin: “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
Jerome Kern: “Bill” from Show Boat