Performance Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 5:30 PM

The Song Continues...Duo Recital

Weill Recital Hall
As part of The Song Continues ..., a festival celebrating the art of vocal performance, singers from the Marilyn Horne Foundation perform in duo recitals in Weill Recital Hall on January 19 and January 20, 2010.


  • Kelly Markgraf, Baritone
  • Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Steven Blier, Piano


  • MAHLER "Der Schildwache Nachtlied"
  • MAHLER "Ablösung im Sommer"
  • ZEMLINSKY "Altdeutsches Minnelied," Op. 2
  • MAHLER "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen"
  • R. STRAUSS "Frühlingsfeier," Op. 56, No. 5
  • IVES "Berceuse"
  • MAHLER "Scheiden und Meiden"
  • WEILL "Sailor's Tango"
  • WEILL "One Life to Live"
  • WEILL "Complainte de la Seine"
  • WEILL "Wie lange noch?"
  • WEILL "How Can You Tell an American?"
  • KERN "I'm So Busy"
  • KERN "Make Believe"


  • Kelly Markgraf, Baritone

    In fall 2009, Kelly Markgraf sang Masetto in Christopher Alden's new production of Don Giovanni at New York City Opera. He recently completed his tenure at the Juilliard Opera Center, where his work last season included the roles of Mamoud in a staged concert of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer conducted by the composer, and Ford in Verdi's Falstaff in a production directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. In spring 2009, Mr. Markgraf was part of Ken Noda's Winterreise project at Juilliard. In fall 2008, he performed in the all-Bernstein program conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas that opened Carnegie Hall's season and was nationally televised. He also debuted with Pittsburgh Opera as Ragged Man in Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath, a role he created at Minnesota Opera in 2007. In 2008, as a second-year apprentice at Santa Fe Opera, he sang the role of the Bosun in Paul Curran's production of Billy Budd under the baton of Edo de Waart. His 2010 season includes the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at the Crested Butte Music Festival and Escamillo in Carmen at Pittsburgh Opera (company debut). He will sing the Brahms Requiem and Paul Moravec's Songs of Love and War with Princeton Pro Musica, Schumann's Dichterliebe at the La Jolla Music Festival with Ken Noda, and returns to Opera Omaha in 2011 for the title role in Don Giovanni. Mr. Markgraf's honors include the Grand Prize in the Opera Index Competition, awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, and a Richard F. Gold Career Grant.
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  • Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano

    Among her exciting appearances last season, Sasha Cooke sang at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Kitty Oppenheimer in the New York premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic, and sang the same role with the English National Opera in her European debut. She sings Handel's Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, and Bernstein's Opening Prayer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In April 2009, Ms. Cooke was presented by Young Concert Artists in the Irene Diamond gala concert at Lincoln Center, performing Elgar's Sea Pictures with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. In summer 2008, she appeared as Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. Ms. Cooke won First Prize in the 2007 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of YCA. She made her Washington, DC, debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in September 2007 and her New York debut at Zankel Hall in October 2007. Ms. Cooke was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera. Her recent performances have included Bastianello by John Musto and William Bolcom's Lucrezia with the New York Festival of Song, the Marilyn Horne Foundation's 2007 Gala at Zankel Hall, Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Mozart Academy of San Luis Obispo, and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.
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  • Steven Blier, Piano

    Steven Blier is Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song, which he co-founded in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the festival's inception, he has programmed, performed, translated, and annotated over 100 vocal recitals with wide-ranging repertoire. Mr. Blier also enjoys an eminent career as an accompanist and vocal coach. In concert with Renée Fleming, he has performed throughout North America and Europe. His collaboration with Cecilia Bartoli began in 1994, and has included an appearance at Carnegie Hall where Mr. Blier played both piano and harpsichord. He has also worked with Samuel Ramey, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Wolfgang Holzmair, Susanne Mentzer, Sylvia McNair, José van Dam, and Arlene Augér. A champion of American music, Mr. Blier has premiered works by John Corigliano, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, John Musto, Richard Danielpour, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, Lowell Liebermann, and Lee Hoiby.

    His discography includes the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles (Koch International), which won a Grammy Award; the NYFOS discs of Blitzstein, Gershwin, and German Lieder (Unquiet Peace); Gershwin's Lady Be Good! (Nonesuch Records); four albums of songs by Charles Ives in partnership with baritone William Sharp (Albany Records); and first recordings of music by Busoni and Borodin with cellist Dorothy Lawson (Koch International). In October 1999, New World Records issued the Grammy-nominated premiere recording of Ned Rorem's full-length song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen, commissioned by NYFOS and the Library of Congress. His latest release is Spanish Love Songs (Bridge Records), recorded live at the Caramoor International Music Festival with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Joseph Kaiser, and Michael Barrett. Later this year, Bridge Records will release the world premiere recording of Bastianello (John Musto) and Lucrezia (William Bolcom)-a double bill of one-act comedies set to librettos by Mark Campbell.

    Mr. Blier is on the faculty of The Juilliard School. As a broadcaster and writer, he has appeared both as an essayist and a quizmaster on the Metropolitan Opera broadcast intermissions. His writings on opera have been featured in recent issues of Opera News Magazine and the Yale Review. He has recently joined the artistic team at New York City Opera, where he is a casting consultant.
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A program of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in partnership with The Marilyn Horne Foundation
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.