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Patrice Michaels | Kuang-Hao Huang: Bio

Patrice Michaels is distinguished by her eclectic musical personality and her vocal virtuosity. Her live and recorded performances rank her as ͞a formidable interpretative talent͟ (The New Yorker), possessing ͞a voice that is light, rich and flexible͟ (Opera News). Concert and operatic engagements include appearances with the Shanghai, Czech National, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Minnesota orchestras, as well as New York's Concert Royal and Chicago's Music of the Baroque. Patrice debuted with the Cleveland Opera as Marzelline in Fidelio, sang Candide at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and recorded the role of Monica in Menotti's The Medium (Chicago Opera Theater on Cedille Records). Patrice has received consistent critical acclaim for her many recordings (Albany, Amadis, Neos, Cedille, and Decca labels), including, most recently INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song (Cedille) and Sonic Migrations: Music of Laurie Altman (Neos). Patrice is an active recitalist and performs several different dramatic concerts, including Divas of Mozart's Day (www.mozartdivas.com), an internationally acclaimed CD and live concert dramatizing five of the greatest singers of the Classical era. Patrice's compositional interests center around works with words. She has written incidental music for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a one-act opera on Euripides'The Trojan Women, music for the children's show A Song for Harmonica, and several song cycles. Patrice holds BAs in Music and Theater from Pomona College, an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a certificate from the Music Theatre Studio Ensemble at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Former Professor of Music at Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music, Patrice Michaels now serves as Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Chicago. 

Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang performs throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. Mr. Huang is most often heard collaborating with Chicago's finest musicians varying from instrumentalists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to vocalists from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has performed with the Avalon, Euclid, Spektral, and Vermeer string quartets and has been a guest of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Mr. Huang can be heard in recordings on the Aucourant, Cedille, Innova, and Naxos labels. An advocate of new music, Mr. Huang gave world premiere performances of works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall's Millennium Piano Book Project. He has also premiered numerous ensemble works, including pieces by Laurie Altman, Mason Bates, Jacob Bancks, Kyong Mee Choi, Stacy Garrop, Geoffrey Gordon, John Harbison, Daniel Kellogg, James 

Matheson, Shulamit Ran, and Laura Schwendinger. Mr. Huang is a member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project and has appeared on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago. He has also taught at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Mr. Huang is Associate Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts. The organization presents free and accessible world-class chamber music performances throughout  Chicago and is also the driving force behind Make Music Chicago, a day-long, citywide celebration of music on the summer solstice. 

JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung has a unique talent for combining idiosyncratic textures and styles into large-scale works, reflecting her multicultural background. Her work often assimilates disparate influences such as non-Western folk music, Tibetan chant, Brazilian rhythms, and visual inspirations.

During the 2017-18 season, Fung's first major work for electronics, Humanoid for solo cello and electronics, premiered in New Orleans and makes its way to Vancouver, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, and the Bay Area. The San José Chamber Orchestra recently premiered her Baroque Melting, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra will give the Canadian premiere in April 2018. Fung's Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories, performed by clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois and the Daedalus Quartet, premiered at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to critical acclaim and soon travels to Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music Northwest. Upcoming commissions include Earworms for Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra to be premiered March 2018; a new solo percussion work for internationally renowned percussionist Aiyun Huang, commissioned by the Banff Centre; and a new piano quartet for Ensemble Made in Canada's Mosaïque Project.

Stacy Garrop's music has garnered awards from the Fromm Music Foundation, Barlow Endowment, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her instrumental works are published by Theodore Presser Company and she self-publishes her choral works under Inkjar Publishing Company. She is a recording artist with Cedille Records with compositions on nine CDs; her works are commercially available on ten additional labels. Her musical output is wide-ranging, including art songs, choral works, piano solos, string quartets, piano trios, mixed chamber ensembles, orchestral pieces, and an oratorio for two choruses, four soloists, and chamber symphony. 

Described by Fanfare Magazine as ͞one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers, Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and over 250 songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets (including those who perished in the Holocaust). Her music is widely performed, internationally and throughout the United States, and has generated substantial critical acclaim. The Journal of Singing wrote, ͞It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.͟ Ms. Laitman's opera, The Scarlet Letter, premiered this month at Opera Colorado. Boulder's Daily Camera wrote, ͞[A]ll around superb ... everything one could hope for in a new opera ... Mason's adaptation ... is astoundingly brilliant ... Laitman has grown and nurtured a score that already seems to belong to the standard repertoire the first time one hears it ... [M]odern, but eminently operatic, taking close consideration of the singers and listeners.

A graduate of Harvard and Yale, Derrick Wang combined his backgrounds in music and law to create the opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Scalia/Ginsburg was launched at the Supreme Court of the United States, featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, published by the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, premiered at Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival in 2015, and quoted by Justice Ginsburg in her tribute to Justice Scalia. Recent speaking engagements include TEDxBroadway, the National Constitution Center, Second Circuit Judicial Conference, Stanford Arts Institute & Stanford Law School, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

 

Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. Mr. Huang is most often heard as a collaborator, performing concerts and radio broadcasts with Chicago's finest musicians, from instrumentalists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to singers with the Lyric Opera. He has been a guest of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and has performed with the Avalon, Chicago, Spektral and Vermeer String Quartets. Mr. Huang can be heard in recordings on the Cedille and Naxos labels.

An advocate of new music, Mr. Huang gave the world premiere performances of solo works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall's Millennium Piano Book Project. He has also premiered numerous ensemble works, including pieces by Jacob Bancks, Mason Bates, Kyong Mee Choi, Stacy Garrop, John Harbison, Daniel Kellogg, James Matheson and Laura Schwendinger. Mr. Huang is a member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project. He has been involved with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Composer Perspectives series and has also played with MusicNOW and CUBE Ensemble.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago.  On behalf of the International Music Foundation, he has presented educational outreach programs throughout the Chicago Public Schools. For a decade, he coordinated the piano program at Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute. 

Mr. Huang has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and Northwestern University. His principal teachers include Leonard Hokanson, Joseph Kalichstein, Howard Karp, Rita Sloan and Sylvia Wang. During his graduate studies, Mr. Huang was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. He was also a member of the New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas's orchestral academy.

A native of Whitewater, Wisconsin, Mr. Huang currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois with his wonderful wife and kids.

Patrice Michaels | Kuang-Hao Huang

Notorious RBG In Song

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1 The Long View: A Portrait - Prologue: Foresight  
2 II. Celia: An Imagined Letter from 1949  
3 III. Advice from Morris  
4 IV. On Working Together  
5 V. Anita's Story  
6 VI. New York, 1961  
7 VII. The Elevator Thief  
8 VIII. Dissenter of de Universe: Five Opinions and a Comment  
9 IX. Epilogue: The Long View, Questions Answered  
10 Lori Laitman: Wider than the Sky  
11 Vivian Fung: Pot Roast a La RBG  
12 Stacy Garrop: My Dearest Ruth  
13 Derrick Wang: You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution, from Scalia/Ginsburg  
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Celia Video
Cedille's Dan Hickey interviews soprano and composer Patrice Michaels
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Song (Notorious RBG)

Notorious RBG in Song, available June 8, 2018, features works by five contemporary American composers celebrating Justice Ginsburg's family and professional life. These include Michaels' THE LONG VIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs; Lori Laitman's "Wider than the Sky"; Vivian Fung's "Pot Roast à La RBG"; Stacy Garrop's "My Dearest Ruth"; and Derrick Wang's "You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution." All but two of the songs - "Anita's Story," now incorporated into Michaels' song cycle, and "Wider than the Sky" - are world-premiere recordings (Cedille Records CDR 90000 178).

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