The Lincoln City Cultural Center’s new Vocal Arts Series will find its voice this Saturday, Sept. 21, with “Her Light Escape,” a program of art song performed by the Spire Duo — soprano Emma Rose Lynn and pianist Andrew T. Pham.
This moving program mirrors the cyclical nature of the changing seasons, pairing words from iconic poetics with musical scores of prominent composers.
Lynn and Pham both share a love of chamber music, of poetry, and of using live music to illustrate the depths of the human spirit. Using the words of master poets such as Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden and Robert Louis Stevenson, they capture the joy, dejection, wonder and renewal of a year in a life well-lived through the music of composers such as Benjamin Britten, André Previn, Dominick Argento and more.
The program begins with the changing colors and falling leaves of autumn, ventures through the harsh elements and episodic slumps of the winter, rejoices in the burgeoning of new life in the spring, and finally arrives in the welcome quietude of a warm summer, reflecting on both sentimental moments of the past as well as life’s present beauty.
Lynn is a versatile musician in demand for repertoire that spans Medieval to modern. She has a deep love of chamber music and has been profiled by both the Seattle Times and the Eugene Weekly for her entrepreneurial approach in making art song readily accessible to modern audiences. Building community through music is one of her driving passions in life, and she seeks to build bridges and bring people together in celebration of live music. She also loves teaching and runs a private voice studio based in Eugene.
A sensitive and thoughtful musician, Pham currently resides in Eugene, where he freelances as an accompanist and teaches piano independently. At the University of Oregon, he performs as an accompanist for both music majors and non-majors in the School of Music and Dance, accompanies for UO Ballet, and has accompanied for UO Theater productions. He also serves as the second pianist and assistant to the conductor for Cascadia Chamber Opera, which recently premiered “Tango of the White Gardenia,” a commissioned opera by composer Ethan Gans-Morse.
Saturday’s concert will start at 7 pm at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Reserved-seating tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors aged 60 and up, and $12 for kids aged 18 and under. To learn more, go to lc-cc.org/vocal-arts-series.
• The Vocal Arts Series will continue with one concert a month through March 2020. From OSU’s men’s a capella group Outspoken to the Northwest premiere of Kastalsky’s “Requiem” performed by Cappella Romana, these vocal concerts are guaranteed to delight.