Mirror Visions Ensemble Announces 2017-18 Season

By David Salazar

The Mirror Visions Ensemble has announced its 2017-18 season.

The season, which kicks off on August 7, 2017 runs through March 2018, with performances in Quebec, Maine, Philadelphia, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York.

The ensemble includes soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree, baritones Jesse Blumberg, and Mischa Bouvier, and pianists Grant Wenaus, and Margaret Kampmeier. There will also be a plethora of guest artists throughout the season including sopranos Mireille Asselin and Justine Aronson, and mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, among many others.

According to a press release, “Mirror Visions Ensemble’s passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humor, leading to the revitalization of art song programming. Programs take audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing well-known and often-neglected pieces by composers both familiar and new, set to texts by poets and historical figures that encompass published works, correspondence and other anecdotes… The ensemble has presented its programs, residencies, and masterclasses both in the U.S. and abroad at concert halls, schools, libraries, and museums.”

Below is a full run-down of the schedule for the season with its major artists.

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00pm
Journeys at Hudson Music Festival (Hudson, Quebec)
Artists: Vira Slywotzky (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Mischa Bouvier (baritone), Margaret Kampmeier (piano)

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00pm
Journeys at JP Concerts (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Artists: Mireille Asselin (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Mischa Bouvier (baritone), Grant Wenaus (piano)

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00pm
Flights of Fantasy at Media Performing Arts Series (Media, PA)
Artists: Justine Aronson (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Jesse Blumberg (baritone), Grant Wenaus (piano)

October 5 – 10, 2017
Residency at California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
Artists: Richard Pearson Thomas (composer/piano), Vira Slywotzky (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor) and Mischa Bouvier (baritone)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm
Journeys at Abendmusik (Morristown, NJ)
Artists: Abigail Levis (mezzo-soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Mischa Bouvier(baritone), and Grant Wenaus (pianist)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
When Icicles Hang by the Wall at Salem Classical (Salem, MA)
Artists: Vira Slywotzky (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Mischa Bouvier (baritone), Grant Wenaus (piano)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:30pm
Of Beasts and Brutes at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Auditorium (NYC)
Artists: Vira Slywotzky (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Mischa Bouvier (baritone), Grant Wenaus (piano)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:00pm
Of Beasts and Brutes at the Sheen Center (NYC)
Artists: Vira Slywotzky (soprano), Scott Murphree (tenor), Mischa Bouvier (baritone), Grant Wenaus (piano)