Was there ever a time in our world when we faced a greater need to work together? For composers and singers, creating and recording new music can be a deeply meaningful and personal collaboration. The Travelled Road is a new recording by acclaimed composer Evan Mack, Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Megan Marino, pianist John Arida, and cellist Jameson Platte. A spirit of unity resonates throughout the melodies, as well as in the themes presented in the timely texts by historical figures including Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, world-class poets such as Mark Jarman, Carl Sandburg, and iconic woman such as Sr. Dorothy Stang, Tina Fey, Lucille Ball, Simone de Beauvoir, and many more.
Gerald Finley is one of the most accomplished and celebrated baritones of our time. His track record is impressive: Grammy for Best Opera Recording 2012 (Dr. Atomic), multiple award-winning performances on CD and DVD and a wide-ranging repertoire of roles performed in major opera houses. Finley is equally at ease performing Handel, Wagner, Tchaikowsky, Verdi or Adams. His mark on the art song and Lieder repertoire has been equally profound with several iconic recordings that now set the standard for the genre. It seems as though everything he touches turns to gold.
In my experience as a professional pianist, vocalist and educator, I have found that one of the weakest links in the vocalist community is a lack of functional keyboard skills. This deficiency creates a huge handicap for singers and educators, keeping them from positions as section leaders, music directors and teachers. In the post-pandemic world, singers are going to need as many tools as possible in their toolkit to carve out a livelihood.
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