Carrizozo Music, Inc. presents an evening of Songs and Lieder by tenor, James Onstad and guitarist, David Leisner, in concert on Monday, May 13, at 7 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church. A school outreach concert will take place on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 AM in the Carrizozo School Old Gym. Both concerts are free and open to the public. These programs are sponsored by a generous grant from Westaf and the NEA.
The program features songs by Renaissance composer John Dowland, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schubert, Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, David Leisner plus a selection of popular Russian and Brazilian songs.
Hailed as “sensitive and precise” and “hauntingly beautiful” (New Classic LA), JAMES ONSTAD is an active and versatile performer at the leading edge of classical music. Audiences across America have seen him as a recitalist, oratorio singer, and operatic performer with companies including the Chicago Lyric Opera Unlimited, Los Angeles' The Industry, the American Repertory Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As an operatic performer, James is committed to new and relevant work. He has performed regularly with the Los Angeles experimental opera company, The Industry, and brought to life the the role of Orfeo in their monumental production of Hopscotch – a mobile, immersive operatic experience, which Alex Ross of the New Yorker called “awe inspiring.” This November, James will make his debut with the LA Philharmonic in a production of John Cage's Europeras I & II . Traditional operatic credits include Sam (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Candide (Bernstein's Candide), Amida (Cavalli’s L’Ormindo), and Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress).
James is a passionate interpreter of Art Song and has has honed this craft under guidance of the masters of our time. He was a Stern Fellow at Songfest in 2013, where he studied with Margo Garrett and Martin Katz. In 2017, he was invited to the Hidden Valley Music Festival to study German Lieder with Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allan. James is engaged for a number of recitals in the 2018-2019 season. In August, he will present a program of French, German, Russian, and modern American songs with pianist Pierre-André Doucet at the Barachois Summer Music Festival in Montréal, Canada. In March of 2019, he presented a recital of French song with the La Salon de Musiques Chamber Music series in Los Angeles.
On the concert stage, James has made his mark as a soloist. In December of 2017, he was the tenor soloist and evangelist in a one-on-a-part presentation Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio with Musica Angelica--“Southern California’s most important early music ensemble” (LA Times). In August of 2018, James made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a street singer in Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Previous concert highlights include the tenor soloist in the Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi, Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony and Cantata Misericordium, Carissimi's Jonas, Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, as well as newer works, including Leonard Bernstein's Songfest and Zachary Wadsworth's Venus and Adonis.
A native of Santa Fe, NM, James Onstad holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
DAVID LEISNER is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. “Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, Leisner is a featured recording artist for the Azica label, with 9 highly acclaimed CDs, including the most recent, Arpeggione with cellist Zuill Bailey and Facts of Life, featuring the premiere recordings of commissioned works by Del Tredici and Golijov. David Leisner's recent seasons have taken him around the US, a major tour of Australia and New Zealand, and debuts and reappearances in China, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, the U.K., Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. An innovative three-concert series at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall included the first all-Bach guitar recital in New York’s history, and he is currently Artistic Director of Guitar Plus, a New York series devoted to chamber music with the guitar. Celebrated for expanding the guitar repertoire, David Leisner has premiered and commissioned works by many important composers, including David Del Tredici, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Philip Glass, Richard Rodney Bennett, Peter Sculthorpe and Osvaldo Golijov, while spearheading the revival of neglected 19th-century composers J.K. Mertz and Wenzeslaus Matiegka. He has performed at the Santa Fe, Rockport, Vail Valley, Bargemusic, Bay Chamber, Cape Cod and Islands, Portland, Sitka and Angel Fire chamber music festivals.
Mr. Leisner is also a highly respected composer noted for the emotional and dramatic power of his music. Fanfare magazine described it as “rich in invention and melody, emotionally direct, and beautiful”. A distinguished teacher as well, Leisner is currently the Chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music and taught for over two decades at the New England Conservatory. His book about ergonomic guitar technique, called Playing with Ease, is due for publication by Oxford University Press in September 2018. Primarily self-taught as both guitarist and composer, he briefly studied guitar with John Duarte, David Starobin and Angelo Gilardino and composition with Richard Winslow, Virgil Thomson, Charles Turner and David Del Tredici.
Other concerts in the Carrizozo Music 2019 Season include Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies performing at the annual 4th of July Woman’s Club BBQ, The Gimble Band from Waco Texas in a Western Swing Dance and Dinner on August 24, and on September 6, “Vivialdi and More” with Joel Becktell, baroque cello and Kirsten Ditlow, harpsichord. December 1 brings the Southwest Chamber Woodwinds in an early music Holiday Concert.
To reach Trinity United Methodist Church from route 54, turn west at 12th Street, between the 54 Emporium and Roy's Ice Cream Parlor. Turn right onto D Ave and go two blocks to the church, 1000 D Ave, Carrizozo, NM.
For information about Carrizozo Music, Inc., the 2019 season schedule and concert updates, please check www.carrizozomusic.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elaine at 575-648-2757. Carrizozo Music,Inc, a 501c3, sponsors a series of free classical concerts, summer Portico Concerts and an extensive school outreach program of concerts and workshops, with a commitment to providing free quality music to the students and residents of Lincoln County and the surrounding area.