Missouri State Department of Music welcomes guest artist Todd Graber, tenor, accompanied by pianist, Juan La Manna, as they perform Schubert’s “Winterreise” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Ellis Recital Hall 217b.
Graber and La Manna are both faculty of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego.
Graber, an associate professor of voice, has performed professionally with numerous American Opera companies, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Cleveland Lyric and Toledo Opera. He made his European debut in Biel, Switzerland, singing the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.” Besides his work as a soloist, Graber is a founding member of the vocal ensemble SATB. Currently in its twentieth year performing together, the quartet sings vocal chamber music throughout the U.S. as well as performing classic Broadway selections and vocal jazz with Pops Orchestras.
La Manna is the orchestra conductor and piano faculty. Prior to Oswego, he lived in the Kansas City area, where he was conductor for the State Ballet of Missouri and directed for the late Rudolf Nureyev. Recently he has conducted for Miami City Ballet, Ballet de Monterrey, and Teatro Lirico D’Europa, leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. He performs regularly at the piano as a chamber musician, playing recitals in the central New York area.
The concert features a multimedia presentation of original artwork (shown below) created by Oswego students and inspired by Schubert’s music.
Graber, who was a professor at MSU from 2000-2002, will be teaching a master class in Ellis Recital Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:30-3 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Event is free and open to the public.