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Beautiful Night: An evening of songs featuring Heidi Lauren Duke, Deborah Selig, Greg Zavracky, and pianist Tanya Blaich

Saturday, August 26 @ 7:00 pm

Main Stage

Highland Center for the Arts Presents

Beautiful Night: An evening of songs featuring Heidi Lauren Duke, Deborah Selig, Greg Zavracky, and pianist Tanya Blaich

Greensboro favorite Heidi Lauren Duke (link to: www.heidilaurenduke.com) has directed and performed in gala concerts all over the United States and collaborated with producing venues in Spain, Italy, Hungary, and France. Now she turns her copious talents to Greensboro and the Highland Center with Beautiful Night, an evening of vocal music featuring special guests, soprano Deborah Selig (link to: https://www.deborahselig.com/) and Gregory Zavracky (link to:  https://www.gregoryzavracky.com/). This two hour concert will feature songs of many styles to suit many desires. You’ll be entranced by the music of Strauss, Duparc, and Weill, along with the classic tunes of Harry Warren (I Only Have Eyes for You) and new works based on the poetry of Carl Sandberg composed and performed by Gregory Zavracky. Soprano Deborah Selig’s voice has been described by the press as “radiant,” “beautifully rich,” “capable of any emotional nuance,” and “impressively nimble” while tenor Gregory Zavracky has been praised for his fine musicality, “glowing intensity,” and “clarion tone.” This beautiful night can be yours – don’t miss it!

 

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Soprano Deborah Selig’s voice has been described by the press as “radiant,” “beautifully rich,” “capable of any emotional nuance,” and “impressively nimble.” During recent seasons, Ms. Selig has appeared on the operatic stage as Micaela in Carmen with Dayton Opera; Pamina in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; Musetta in La Boheme with Central City Opera; Rose in Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera; Curley’s Wife in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Kentucky Opera; and Bella in Michael Tippett’s A Midsummer Marriage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A striking and versatile artist on the concert stage, Ms. Selig’s engagements have included Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Asheville Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Brown University Choirs, Brahms’ Requiem with both Buffalo and Dayton Philharmonics, Bach Cantatas 37, 92 and 97 with Handel and Haydn Society, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Fairbanks Symphony, Haydn’s Creation with Harvard University Choirs, Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 with Kentucky Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Masterworks Chorale and Handel’s Messiah with Rhode Island Philharmonic. Recordings include Marcia Kraus’ Three Fairy Tales for Soprano, Oboe and Piano with Centaur Records; Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and BMOP Sound; and Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices, also with BMOP Sound. Ms Selig is currently on the voice faculties of Brown University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  Ms. Selig earned an Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music and a BM/BA in Voice and English summa cum laude from The University of Michigan.

 

Praised for his fine musicality, “glowing intensity,” and “clarion tone,” tenor Gregory Zavracky’s recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Aurea Ensemble, Tamino in Boston Lyric Opera’s family production of The Magic Flute, Bach’s Magnificat with Back Bay Chorale, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with Lake George Opera, Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività with Chorus Pro Musica, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Providence Singers, Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress with Chautauqua Opera, and opera and pops concerts with both the Chautauqua and Utah Symphony. He has sung in the world premieres of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater, the Five Borough Songbook with Five Boroughs Music Festival, David Wolfson’s Faith Operas with Hartford Opera Theater, Ketty Nez’s The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia, James Yannatos’ Rocket’s Red Blare, Anthony DeRitis’ Three American Songs, Steven Sametz’ A Child’s Requiem, and Dan Shore’s Works of Mercy. Gregory teaches voice at the University of Connecticut, Brown University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He holds a DMA in voice performance from Boston University, Masters degrees from New England Conservatory and a BA from Emory University.

 

Tanya Blaich is widely respected as a pianist and teacher with particular sensitivity and expertise in the song and collaborative piano repertoire. A faculty member of New England Conservatory’s collaborative piano and voice departments, Blaich is currently co-coordinator of the Liederabend Series at NEC and directed the Undergraduate Opera Studio from 2006 to 2009. As a guest artist she has given recitals and master classes at Dickinson and Dartmouth colleges, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at Brandeis, Columbia and Notre Dame Universities. In addition to her collaborations with singers in major venues across the United States and Europe, Blaich has performed as a chamber music partner to members of the Colorado, Lydian and Miro String Quartets.  Recent highlights include song recitals with Paula Murrihy at the International Diaghilev Festival in Russia and the Santa Fe Opera Festival, and a performance with Thomas Hampson for the induction ceremony of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   Blaich has also served as a coach and rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society. Tanya Blaich attended the University Paris-Sorbonne, and graduated with high honors from Walla Walla College. Blaich moved to Vienna to pursue her love for the German Lied repertoire, eventually earning a diploma with distinction in performance from the Vienna Conservatory in vocal accompaniment and chamber music. She subsequently completed both her M.M. and D.M.A. from New England Conservatory.