Tuesday, August 23 – the day after TUNDI’s opening opera, “Das Rheingold” in its Wagner in Vermont Festival.
Sometime ago, TUNDI’s creators Maestro Hugh Keelan and Soprano Jenna Rae, asked the Wagner in Vermont cast if they would be interested in participating in mid-week concerts and/or presentations about any particular musical interest.
Today, cellist Jakub Jerzy Omsky Trawkowski presented “Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walkure, and the Search for he German String Sound.” This was a very informative presentation in which Jakub demonstrated how the “German String Sound” is used in Wagner’s music as opposed to, say, string/cello technique for other styles of music (Bach, for instance). Below is a photo of Jacub on the stage of the Latchis Theatre.
This afternoon, several TUNDI artists presented arias and songs of their choice. It will come as no surprise to my colleagues and students that I chose to sing one song by Korngold (“Gluckwunsch”) and one song by Mahler (“Liebst du um Schonheit”), two of my very favorite composers.
A young artist who will be making her professional debut this week as the Valkyrie Rossweise, Sherami Harris, presented a searing rendition of “My Man’s Gone Now” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
There is so much amazing talent assembled for Wagner in Vermont. The performances, concerts, and lectures/presentations are well attended. TUNDI has put together a wonderful week of high art presented by an array of unsurpassed talent.