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By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 10/15/2017 9:10 AM

"How do you prepare to lose everything?" Soprano Laura Strickling speaks openly about her family's experience surviving Hurricane Irma on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and her recital in NYC on Oct. 18th to raise funds fro Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands  

Click here to donate to hurricane recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands.

        Click here to donate to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.


By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 7/21/2017 2:54 PM
In 2016, the Cincinnati Song Initiative began bringing relevant and moving art song programs to the greater Cincinnati area.  We asked the founder and artistic director for the Cincinnati Song Initiative (CSI), pianist Samuel Martin

 to talk a bit about the founding of CSI and the organization’s collaborative mission, as well as some of the lessons learned during CSI’s inaugural season...

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 1/27/2017 11:20 AM

Singing as a profession is famously difficult to sustain. Any one of us who has walked a few steps on this path knows how difficult it is to find representation, to endure the endless rounds of fruitless auditions, to land enough gigs to make it possible to keep going… frustrations abound. But what about when you’ve finally gotten the gig (hurrah!), yet after all the work it took you to get there, it just feels... somehow… unsatisfying?

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 1/14/2017 10:22 AM

Did you know that the terms used by sommeliers and wine aficionados to describe the layered characteristics of fine wines directly parallel those used by opera professionals to describe the subtleties of the voice?

Magnum Opus Tasting Concerts is a brand-new, salon-type event combining wine tasting and song recitals. We produce curated recitals that feature world-class singers matched with world-class wines whose descriptions parallel one another. But more on that in a bit...

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 10/8/2016 10:52 AM

I suppose I was predisposed early on to starting an art song festival. I played Schubert’s wonderful, expansive D Major Sonata, D. 850, in high school and was familiar with the more famous Schubert songs before I arrived at Peabody for my undergrad.  It was there that I met baritone Ryan de Ryke and his mentor, the great John Shirley-Quirk...

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