CCM alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone.

CCM alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone.

Next month, CCM welcomes alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone (MM, ’03), and renowned collaborative pianist Martin Katz for FREE performances of Franz Schubert’s two great Lieder cycles!

Blumberg and Katz will perform Shubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 and Winterreise at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Both song cycles will be performed in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and are open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

Below, watch Blumberg and Katz perform “Der Wegweiser” from Winterreise at the inaugural Collaborative Works Festival in Chicago.

This residency is made possible by support from the Jeannine Philippe Art Song Fund. Learn more about that fund’s namesake, CCM Professor Emeritus of Voice Jeannine Philippe, here.

About Jesse Blumberg
Baritone Jesse Blumberg is equally at home on opera, concert and recital stages. Some of his recent engagements include Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s Mass at London’s Royal Festival Hall and performances with the New York Festival of Song. He has performed roles at Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, and made concert appearances with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Charlotte Symphony, Apollo’s Fire and the Vail Valley Music Festival.

Blumberg has toured with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Waverly Consort, and has given recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation. A very active performer of new music, he has premiered important works by Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Conrad Cummings and Ricky Ian Gordon, and works closely with several other renowned composers as a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble.

Blumberg’s 2012-13 season includes debuts with New York City Opera, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Oratorio Society of NY, Pacific MusicWorks, Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. In addition, he will return to American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Festival of Song, TENET/Green Mountain Project and Boston Early Music Festival.

Blumberg has been recognized in several competitions, and was awarded Third Prize at the 2008 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, becoming its first American prizewinner in over thirty years. In 2007 he took first prizes in the International Hilde Zadek Singing Competition in Vienna and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition.

Blumberg received a Master of Music degree from CCM, received undergraduate degrees in History and Music from the University of Michigan, and participated in young artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Ravinia Festival and Chicago Opera Theater. Jesse is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, which brings chamber music of many genres to every corner of New York City.

Learn more about Blumberg here.

Acclaimed collaborative pianist Martin Katz.

Acclaimed collaborative pianist Martin Katz.

About Martin Katz
Martin Katz has been hailed as “The Gold standard of accompanying,” by the New York Times. According to the Los Angels Times, “Martin Katz must surely be considered the dean of collaborative pianists.” One of the world’s busiest collaborators, Katz has been in constant demand by the world’s  most celebrated vocal soloists for four decades. He has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Karita Mattila, David Daniels, Jose Carreras, Lawrence Brownlee, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle and Sylvia McNair, just to name a few. Season after season, the world’s musical capitals figure prominently in his schedule.

Katz is a native of Los Angeles, where he began piano studies at the age of five. He attended the University of Southern California and studied the field of accompanying with its pioneer teacher, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. While yet a student, he was given the unique opportunity of accompanying the master classes and lessons of such luminaries as Lotte Lehmann, Jascha Heifetz, Pierre Bernac and Gregor Piatigorsky. Following his formal education, Katz held the position of pianist for the US Army Chorus for three years, before moving to New York where his busy international career began in earnest in 1969.

In more recent years, conducting has played a more significant role in Katz’s career. He has partnered several of his soloists on the podium for orchestras of the B.B.C., Houston, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, New Haven and Miami. His editions of Handel and Rossini operas have been presented by the Metropolitan, Houston Grand Opera and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He has conducted staged productions of more than 15 operas for both the Merola Program, the Pacific Music Festival and the University Opera Theatre in Ann Arbor.

Finally, the professional profile of Martin Katz is completed with his commitment to teaching. Since 1984, Michigan has been his home, where he has been chair for the School of Music’s program in collaborative piano, and has played an active part in operatic productions. He has been a pivotal figure in the training of countless young artists, both singers and pianists, who are working all over the world. The University has recognized this work, making him the first Arthur Schnabel Professor of Music. In addition to his work there, he is a regular guest at Santa Fe Opera, Songfest Institute, San Francisco Opera, the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Chicago College of Performing Arts and the New National Theatre of Tokyo. Katz is the author of a comprehensive guide to accompanying, The Complete Collaborator, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press.

Learn more about Martin Katz here.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

ArtsWave: Community Partner

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.