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Opera Star Frederica von Stade to Perform with Laurie Rubin at DePauw's Green Center

Opera Star Frederica von Stade to Perform with Laurie Rubin at DePauw's Green Center

November 14, 2016

This week brings a special highlight of the 2016-17 season at DePauw University's Green Center for the Performing Arts. The DePauw School of Music will host one of the most beloved artists in the classical music world, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (pictured at right), who will present the next in the series of Green Guest Artist Concerts with fellow vocalist Laurie Rubin and pianist Jenny Taira at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Green Center's Kresge Auditorium.

“She has always been a favorite with international aficionados who appreciate style, quality, sensitivity and versatility,” Martin Bernheimer wrote of von Stade when she performed with Rubin at the Ravinia Festival last fall.

For Saturday’s performance at DePauw, “Two Mezzos in Concert: An Evening with Frederica von Stade and Laurie Rubin,” the artists have prepared a program of songs from classical to cabaret settings, including groupings with such enticing titles as “Can’t Go Wrong with Mozart,” “Mothers and Daughters,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boys,” and “We Love Paris,” closing the concert with a cabaret set including a piece written by Rubin and Taira.

Von Stade, who is well known for her comic as well as dramatic star turns on the opera stage, has enriched the realm of classical music for more than three decades; Rubin is much admired not only for her own works and interpretations of other 21st-century composers, but also as author of Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight.

Blind since birth, Rubin (image at left), who is 37, has performed at the White House, in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, receiving high praise from critics, including the New York Times, which describes her voice “earthy, rich and poignant.”

“[Laurie] is amazing,” von Stade said for the San Francisco Examiner, “a combination of a beautiful voice, a great sense of music and the most wonderful spirit of generosity. What is miraculous is her light, which is all the more amazing as she’s lived in darkness.”

Earlier in the day on Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Green Center's Thompson Recital Hall, the singers will offer a joint master class with DePauw School of Music students, which is open to other students and the public to attend free of charge.

General admission to Green Guest Artist Concerts is $15 in advance and $20 day of the event; tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free. For online purchases, visit the School’s website at music.depauw.edu. The venue’s box office is also open beginning one hour prior to every ticketed performance.