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Civil War Oratorio premiere

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The University of Missouri School of Music will present the premiere of Stefan Freund's oratorio The War Between Families and Neighbors: The Civil War in Missouri on April 24, 2014 in Jesse Hall on the MU campus. The combined forces of the MU Choral Union, the University Singers and the Columbia Civic Orchestra will perform, along with soloists Steven Tharp, tenor, Timothy Jones, bass-baritone, and Lindsey Lang, soprano, all under the baton of the University's Director of Choral Activities, R. Paul Crabb.  The oratorio traces the role of Missouri in the Civil War and draws its text from contemporary sources including newspaper reporting, editorials, and eyewitness accounts. The performance will be accompanied by projections of the texts as well as  artwork contributed by the Missouri State Historical Society. 

Tharp Joins Mexican National Symphony at Short Notice

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It has just been confirmed that Steven Tharp will travel to Mexico for two concerts of Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional this March 22 and 24. Carlos Miguel Prieto is conducting. This marks Tharp's second time with the orchestra after singing Uriel in Haydn's Creation there recently.

Flashback: The Day Steven Tharp Almost Perished for his Art

Minnesota Opera's institutional gifts manager Beth Comeaux recounts a horrific episode during rehearsals of Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus by Libby Larsen:

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"Over the course of 18 years and 16 performances with Minnesota Opera, I have just a few memories. One more dramatic memory that comes to mind was during Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus by Libby Larsen over twenty (yikes) years ago. We were in “tech” week at The World Theater (now The Fitzgerald) and as with new works, there were adaptations to both the libretto and music each day. As a cast, we had gotten used to expect anything—and we also knew that there were going to be some a-typical elements to the show since we had a stage and a T.V. director—and we knew there would be a wee bit of electricity. You know, the kind that shows those cool bolts of lightening as Frankenstein’s monster was being jolted into life with his creator shouting “LIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!” beneath him?"   → more

Tharp Joins Jacaranda in 2013

Steven Tharp will join Jacaranda (“one of the best and most adventurous chamber music series in the country,” Los Angeles Times) for two special events marking the centenary of Benjamin Britten.

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On Saturday, April 27, Jacaranda will present Britten's moving Church Parable Curlew River, conducted by Mark Alan Hilt and directed by Yuval Sharon. Steven Tharp will portray the Madwoman, and the cast includes Dean Elzinga as the Ferryman, Reid Burton as the Abbot, and Abdiel Gonzales as the Traveller. (→ buy tickets)

On June 1, 2013, Steven Tharp returns to Jacaranda for Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, once again with Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda's Music Director, on the podium. The all-Brittten program will include String Quartet No. 3 and the Suite for Violin and Piano, op. 6. (→ buy tickets)

Both the April 27 and June 1 performances will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. For more information on these performances and Jacaranda's entire season, visit Jacarandamusic.org.

Voices of Ascension Next for Tharp

On January 31, 2013, Steven Tharp will join Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, under the baton of Artistic Director Dennis Keene, in a program of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and concluding with Franz Joseph Haydn's Paukenmesse,  also known as the Mass in Time of War. Full concert details are available here.

Tharp has sung with Voices of Ascension on numerous occasions, including performances of both the St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion of Bach. 

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Tharp to Portray Alfredo in SRO's La Traviata

Steven Tharp will join the SRO Lyric Theatre in his hometown, Springfield, Missouri, as Alfredo in a production of Verdi's La Traviata.

Performances will be Friday March 15 and Sunday March 17, 2013 at the Gillioz Theater. Violetta will be sung by Tara Stafford-Spyres, Giorgio Germont by Jimi James, and Annina by Paula Patterson. SRO Music Director Amy Muchnick will conduct, and the production is directed by Jeff Carney. For further information see the SRO website.

La Traviata (photo: SRO)