Date(s) - 04/07/2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
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Soaring Romantic and Impressionistic masterpieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, and Arnold Schoenberg are showcased by soprano Vanessa Langer and pianist Vera Breheda. Praised for her “flexible and multi-hued voice” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “enormous stage presence” (New Classical LA), soprano Vanessa Langer joins Vera Breheda a “ pianist [who] reaches for the stars with her talent…” (GERMANY, Saarbruecker Zeitung) in a program that surveys the great song heritage from turn of the century France, Russia and Vienna.
About the Artists
Praised for her “enormous stage presence” (-New Classical LA), soprano Vanessa Langer, an active voice in the baroque and contemporary classical music scene, enjoys a close working relationship with emerging composers from around the world. Her work has been recognize through various awards and fellowships including a Winter Music Creative Residency at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the New Horizon Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival & School, the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in the Arts and the Albert King Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley. She has given more than 30 world premieres and appeared under the auspices of the Stanford New Ensemble, The Legion of Honor Listening Series, The San Francisco Presidio Sessions, Composer’s Inc. Bamm! Festival and San Francisco Music Day.
Vera Breheda, born in Hamburg, Germany of Ukrainian parents, immigrated to the U.S. at age three, where the family settled in Buffalo, New York. At age 11, Vera’s family moved to San Francisco where during the 7 years, she was a scholarship student of Alma Harrington, Adoph Baller, and Marcus Gordon at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Within several years, she was soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in a special youth concert. She continued her studies with Martin Canin at SUNY Stony Brook, and Leonard Shure in Boston, and in 1983 gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Vera’s concertizing has taken her to the major cities on the East and West coasts as well as to Europe, China, Japan and Russia. Breheda has also been a participant in the music festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Florida West Coast, and the Moscow Conservatory of Music. At Banff she was guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet in a performance of the Schumann Piano Quartet. Locally, her Bay Area solo, duo piano (Kuderna Breheda Duo) and chamber recitals have been in Hertz Hall, Julia Morgan Theater, Old First Church, and Herbst Theater. Her CD, “Brahms Piano Works” won the 2006 “Just Plain Folks Music Awards” in the “best Classical Solo Album” category. Recently a chamber music CD of a live performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor and the Beethoven Piano Trio op.72#2 was released. The CDs are distributed by www.Con Brio Recordings.com. In 2013 Breheda toured China as a member of the San Francisco Munich Trio. A New York Times review of her Carnegie Recital Hall recital called her “a pianist who seems totally engaged in the music she plays”.