Presenter: Julia Bentley
Introduced by: Mitra Sadeghpour
Location: Marriott Ballroom – 4th Floor
As performers, teachers and advocates for the art song repertoire, we should be actively looking for every opportunity to meet with student composers to talk about writing for the voice. I've done this everywhere I've gone to perform, and I'd like to share some of the topics those titans of tomorrow wanted to discuss, as well as a few they hadn't yet considered before we met! I'll offer a few samples from composition students at Curtis, Indiana University, and the University of Chicago as illustrations, as well as a video documentary of discussions with composers, pianists, and concert presenters.
Mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley arrived in Chicago as a member of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, and has built a multi-faceted performing and teaching career. She was selected to be a featured artist in Chicago's first Ear Taxi Festival, coming to the Harris Theater in October, in recognition of her significant contributions to new music in Chicago. She has performed at Orchestra Hall as soloist with the Civic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and numerous programs with Symphony Center's illustrious MusicNOW series, and at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall in NY with conductor Pierre Boulez. She teaches voice and graduate Art Song Literature at Concordia University and North Park University.