Sun, Sept 26
Scott Gendel is a composer, vocal coach, pianist, rock musician, theatrical music director, singer, keyboardist, composition teacher, and all-around musical generalist living in Monona, Wisconsin. As a composer, his music has a wide-ranging scope, but Scott is particularly obsessed with the artistry of the human voice in all its forms, including opera, art song, choral music, musical theatre, pop songs, and more. Scott has written for many singers including Karen Slack, Stephanie Blythe, and Julia Faulkner. His music has been recorded by artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Santa Clara Chorale & San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Recently Scott’s opera “Super Storm!” was performed by Opera For The Young in nearly 200 elementary schools.
American baritone Paul Rowe has maintained a wide-ranging performing career throughout the United States for the past thirty years. He has performed with many of the leading American musical organizations including the Boston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, American Ballet Theater, the Madison Symphony, Musica Sacra and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Rowe is a former member of the Waverly Consort and the New York Vocal Ensemble and has appeared with the Ensemble for Early Music in New York, King’s Noyse in Milwaukee and Madison and Present Music in Milwaukee. Recent appearances include several roles with the Madison Opera, a premiere of a new work by David Itkin for narrator, baritone, chorus and orchestra entitled Exodus with William Shatner and the Arkansas Symphony on the Naxos label. He has recorded the song cycles of Franz Schubert (Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin) with pianist Martha Fischer. Rowe is professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is co-artistic director and founder of the Madison Early Music Festival.