American Futures

Three exceptional artists in residence

at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

Jake Heggie, composer & pianist
Ann Moss, soprano
Griffin Candey, composer

 

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

Monday, February, 4 - Friday, February 8, 2019

In collaboration with the Cleveland Opera Theater {NOW} Festival, the American Futures residency will bring three exceptional artists to the BW campus to work and collaborate with Conservatory students: Jake Heggie, composer and pianist of international renown; Griffin Candey, rising star composer; and Ann Moss, acclaimed soprano and contemporary music specialist.

 

They will mentor Conservatory students, offer master classes and workshops, and present to the Conservatory student body during Convocation.

BW Residency Schedule

Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Dead Man Walking (libretto by Terrence McNally), Moby-Dick (libretto by Gene Scheer), It’s A Wonderful Life (Scheer), Great Scott (McNally), Three Decembers (Scheer), Out of Darkness: Two Remain (Scheer), To Hell and Back (Scheer), At the Statue of Venus (McNally) and The Radio Hour: A Choral Opera (Scheer). He is currently at work on If I Were You (Scheer) a new opera based on the Faustian story by Julian Green, commissioned by the Merola Opera Program for Summer of 2019. Heggie has also composed nearly 300 art songs, as well as concerti, chamber music, choral and orchestral works, including the Ahab Symphony.

The operas – most created with the distinguished writers Terrence McNally or Gene Scheer – have been produced on five continents. In February 2018, Dead Man Walking received its 60th international production at London’s Barbican Hall in a semi-staged production starring Joyce DiDonato and Michael Mayes directed by Leonard Foglia with the BBC Symphony and Chorus conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Since its San Francisco Opera premiere in 2000, Dead Man Walking has been performed more than 300 times and recorded live twice (Erato Records in 2001; Virgin Classics in 2011). In addition to major productions throughout the USA, Dead Man Walking has been seen in Dresden, Vienna, London, Madrid, Sydney, Adelaide, Calgary, Montreal, Cape Town, Dublin, Copenhagen, and Malmö. Moby-Dick has received nine international productions since its 2010 premiere at The Dallas Opera with future productions set for Chicago and Barcelona. The San Francisco Opera production was telecast as part of Great Performances’ 40th anniversary season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Moby-Dick received its East Coast premiere at the Kennedy Center in 2014. It is also the subject of a book by Robert Wallace, titled Heggie & Scheer’s Moby-Dick – A Grand opera for the 21st Century (UNT Press). Three Decembers, Heggie & Scheer’s three-character chamber opera, has received nearly two dozen productions internationally.

A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie is currently a mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and CU Boulder’s New Opera Workshop. In 2016, he was awarded the Eddie Medora King Prize by the UT Austin Butler School of Music. He was also the recipient of the Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in a private concert that featured a performance by the great Patti LuPone. Heggie was the keynote speaker for the 2016 meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music in Dallas and, in 2017, gave commencement addresses at the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. He is a frequent guest artist and master teacher at universities and conservatories, including Boston University, Bucknell, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cornell, Eastman, CU Boulder, Northwestern, Peabody Conservatory, Roosevelt, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, UNI, UNT, UT Austin, USC’s Thornton School, Vanderbilt University, and at festivals such as SongFest at the Colburn School, Ravinia Festival, and VISI in Vancouver.

 

Jake Heggie has collaborated as composer and pianist with some of the world’s most loved singers, including sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, Ailyn Pérez, Heidi Stober, Karen Slack, Talise Trevigne, Kristin Clayton, Ann Moss, Caitlin Lynch and Lisa Delan; mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Jamie Barton, Suzanne Mentzer, Joyce Castle, Elise Quagliata, Maria Zifchak, Catherine Cook and Sasha Cooke; Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald; tenors Ben Heppner, William Burden, Stephen Costello, Jay Hunter Morris, Paul Groves, Nick Phan and Jonathan Blalock; baritones Keith Phares, Nathan Gunn, Morgan Smith, Rod Gilfry, Bryn Terfel, Michael Mayes and Robert Orth. He has also worked closely with extraordinary instrumentalists such as flutists Carol Wincenc and Lorna McGhee; violinists Leila Josefowicz, Aloysia Friedmann and Dawn Harms; cellists Matt Haimowitz, Emil Miland and Anne Martindale-Williams; pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Gustavo Romero; as well as the Brentano String Quartet and the Alexander String Quartet. Directors who have championed his work include Leonard Foglia, Joe Mantello, Francesca Zambello and Jack O’Brien. All of Heggie’s major opera premieres have been led by Patrick Summers; he has also worked closely with conductors John DeMain, Joseph Mechavich and Nicole Paiement.

www.jakeheggie.com

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of living composers. Her silvery, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for “powerful expression” and "exquisite phrasing." In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Kaija Saariaho, David Conte and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA. Highlights of the 2018-2019 concert season include the role of Della in David Conte’s The Gift of the Magi with Solo Opera, a concert in tribute to beloved singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on the occasion of her 75th birthday, world premieres by Ursula Kwong-Brown, Feona Lee Jones and Allen Shearer with Composers, Inc., and a residency at Baldwin-Wallace University in conjunction with Cleveland Opera Theater’s {NOW} New Opera Works Festival.

 

She performs two works composed for her: California Romances, by Nancy Bachmann, and Lament: III, by Garrett Shatzer on bespoke poetry of Sandra Alcosser, and makes appearances with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, UC Berkeley Symphony, The Joshua Trio, and in recital with guitarist David Tanenbaum. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over one hundred art songs, vocal chamber music and operatic works, and has been a featured soloist with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, SF Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Music of Remembrance, West Edge Opera, the Ives, Alexander, Lydian and Hausmann String Quartets, Composers in Red Sneakers, at FENAM, Other Minds Festival, Fresno New Music, PARMA and Switchboard Music Festival, among others.

 

Ann Moss has lectured about vocal composition at MIT, UC Davis, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School For The Arts, University of Houston Moores School of Music, University of Texas Pan American, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, and CSU Los Angeles. Moss’s debut album Currents (Angels Share Records, 2013), produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, features extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade. Moss returned to Skywalker in 2015 with pianists Steven Bailey and Jake Heggie, cellist Emil Miland, violinist Isaac Allen, and GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer to record songs by Heggie, Wade, Lennon/McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan for her sophomore album, Love Life (Angels Share Records, 2016). She can also be heard on releases from PARMA, Naxos, Arsis, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions labels. A native of Boston and a graduate of Hampshire College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann Moss resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, violist Justin Ouellet. Ann is a Reiki practitioner, enthusiastic Yogi, and pursues a lifelong interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

www.annmosssoprano.com

Griffin Candey (b. 1988) is an American opera and theatre composer whose work performers praise for its "prosody that showcases both the words and the singers," its "intuitive rhythm," and its "lyricism and emotional depth."

 

Recently named Composer-in-Residence at Cleveland Opera Theatre, Candey's energies are squarely aimed at the operatic stage and its changing place in the world of theater.  His first opera,Sweets by Kate – described as "hilarious and moving," "a piece with charming and elaborate complexity," and "a meaningful and beautiful work of art" – was chosen for the 2017 line-up of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers Festival and was listed by Operawire as One of the Ten Must-See Operas of the 2017 Summer Season.  The comic chamber work, commissioned and premiered by the Midwest Institute of Opera in July 2015, subsequently saw productions at Boston University's 2017 Fringe Fest, at Marble City Opera of Knoxville, TN (May 2016) and with NYC's OperaRox Productions at the historic Stonewall Inn (July 2017.)  More recently, his comic Follow Suit — a two-hander romp that makes fun of wedding traditions, with libretto by Knoxville's Emily Anderson — premiered at Marble City Opera to sold out audiences.

2019 and 2020 will see the premieres of his latest stage works — an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's all-female The House of Bernarda Alba for Cleveland Opera Theater, his new Fox Songs, co-premiering on recitals in Cleveland and Washington D.C. with sopranos Ann Moss and Alex Nowakowski, and his String Quartet No. 1, premiering at a newly-formed festival at Michigan Tech University.  Premieres also include a commissioned Edna St. Vincent Millay setting forJocelyn Zelasko and her newly-formed ensemble, Juxtatonal, and a story ballet (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) for Northern Michigan University's Department of Theatre and Dance, with choreographer Jill Grundstrom.

www.griffincandey.com

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