Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm
 
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Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet
 

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"
 

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

 
Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends
 
 

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital

 

2 Heidi Grant Murphy

- EVENT CANCELLED -

We regret to inform you this performance has been cancelled due to health issues.

 

Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
Kevin Murphy, piano

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3pm

VARNER RECITAL HALL
2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, Oakland University
 

A shimmering soprano with enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is in demand internationally for stage roles and guest soloist performances that elevate concerts into memorable musical occasions. The Boston Globe wrote “… her singing was sensitive, deliciously multicolored in tone quality, and altogether stupendous in its technical control – you realized that this was why people have adored and worshipped the human voice.”

Ms. Murphy’s nearly 25-year-long career with the Metropolitan Opera has seen her sing many signature roles; she has also appeared with the Frankfurt Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera National de Paris, Salzburg Festival and Santa Fe Opera.  She has been engaged as soloist with the Vienna, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Houston, Nashville, Montreal, National and Dallas Symphonies.

In 2011 Heidi Grant Murphy was appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as was her husband and frequent collaborator, pianist Kevin Murphy. Both are alumni of the school.  Kevin Murphy, a long-time coach at the Metropolitan Opera and former directeur des etudes musicales at the Opéra National de Paris, also served as director of music administration at the New York City Opera and director of the vocal program at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute.

"Ms. Murphy showed how the effect of intimacy and expressive directness depends on technique: on exquisitely precise control of intonation, color and phrasing. Of course natural assets also help. Ms. Murphy's voice has an unusual brightness and lightness and would be delightful to hear even if not wielded with such artistry. But artistry is most certainly there, and effective."

The New York Times

"Mrs. Murphy's singing is tasteful, clean, and pure - like spring water...if you want a complete recital - that is to say, one with a variety of music, and challenges - it's hard to do better than Heidi Grant Murphy."

The New York Sun

Program:

Schumann: Myrthen Lieder, Op. 25, Selections
  "Widmung"
  "Der Nussbaum"
  "Lied der Braut I"
  "Lied fer Braut II"
  "Du bist wie eine Blume"
Debussy: Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse
Strauss: Selected songs
  "Ständchen"
  "Ich Schwebe"
  "Morgen"
  "Schlagende Herzen"
Intermission
Puccini: "La Canzone di Doretta," from La Rondine
Copland: Old American Songs, Selections
  "Long Time Ago"
  "I Bought me a Cat"
  "The Little Horses"
Obradors: Canciones Clásicas Españolas, Selections
  "Al Amor"
  "Del Cabello mas sutil"
  "Chiquitita la novia"