Performance Friday, February 13, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Nathaniel Olson
Kevin Murphy

Weill Recital Hall
With a robust baritone that’s perfectly suited to opera, oratorio, and song, Nathaniel Olson continues to win acclaim with each performance. Olson returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that features Schumann's Op. 24 Liederkreis and songs by such composers as Copland, Barber, and others.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Nathaniel Olson, Baritone
  • Kevin Murphy, Piano


  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 24
    ·· Morgens steh’ich auf und frage
    ·· Es treibt mich hin
    ·· Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
    ·· Lieb’ Liebchen
    ·· Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
    ·· Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann
    ·· Berg' und Burgen schaun herunter
    ·· Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen
    ·· Mit Myrten und Rosen
  • RANGSTRÖM "Det finns väl så många i världen att äga"
  • RANGSTRÖM "Min grav"
  • RANGSTRÖM "Den enda stunden"
  • RANGSTRÖM "Semele, Semele"
  • FOSTER "Beautiful Dreamer"
  • ROREM "Early in the Morning"
  • COPLAND "The Little Horses"
  • EISLER Selections from Ernste Gesänge
    Vorspiel und Spruch
    ·· Verzweiflung
    ·· An die Hoffnung
    ·· X.X. Parteitag
    ·· Komm ins Offene, Freund
    ·· Epilog
  • BARBER Four Songs, Op. 13
    ·· A Nun Takes the Veil
    ·· The Secrets of the Old
    ·· Sure on this shining night
    ·· Nocturne

  • Encores:
  • SCHUBERT "Der Neugierige," D. 795, No. 6
  • COPLAND "The Dodger"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Nathaniel Olson

    Chicago native Nathaniel Olson made his Carnegie Hall debut in a master class with Jessye Norman as part of Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues in January 2013. Mr. Olson was also featured in a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert last March.

    His appearances include two summers as a fellow of Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute; various performances with Welz Kauffman, president of the Ravinia Festival; a summer with the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien; performances with Timothy Noble at Hanover College; and tour performances with soprano Julianne Park. Mr. Olson also toured South Korea and performed at the Tucson Desert Song Festival. He appeared on the WTVP-PBS special The American Songbook with mentor, coach, and collaborator Kevin Murphy.

    This June, Mr. Olson appears at the Oklahoma International Mozart Festival in the title role of Don Giovanni, which he previously performed at the Indiana University Opera Theater. His other roles include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Herr von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Ford in Falstaff, and Eddie Carbone in William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge at the Indiana University Opera Theater; Jacob Grimm in The Brothers Grimm at Lyric Opera of Chicago's Opera in the Neighborhoods; Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Herr von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the Brevard Music Center; and the Ghost of Virgil in Rachmaninoff's Francesca da Rimini and Betto in Gianni Schicchi at The Princeton Festival. This month, he originates the role of Tomasz in the world premiere of Wlad Marhulets's The Property at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    Symphonic performances include Haydn's The Creation under the baton of John Nelson for the Wheaton College Artist Series last November, Copland's Old American Songs with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem and Bach's St. John Passion with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in 2013. Mr. Olson is an alumnus of Wheaton College and Indiana University.

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  • Kevin Murphy

    Pianist Kevin Murphy is director of coaching and music administration for Indiana University Opera Theater and a professor at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In 2011, he was appointed director of the program for singers at Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute. The 2013-2014 season marked his first as artistic consultant for the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Previously, Mr. Murphy was director of music administration and casting advisor at New York City Opera and director of musical studies at the Opéra national de Paris. Mr. Murphy was the first pianist and vocal coach invited by Maestro James Levine into the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and he was an assistant conductor at the Met from 1993 to 2006.

    In addition to his on- and off-stage partnership with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, Mr. Murphy has collaborated in concert and recital with artists such as Michelle DeYoung, Lawrence Brownlee, Iestyn Davies, Bejun Mehta, Gary Lakes, Kathleen Battle, Nathan Gunn, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Renée Fleming, Gerald Finley, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Pinchas Zukerman. He is respected for his work as a private vocal coach and teacher at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, the International Vocal Arts Institute, Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood, and The Juilliard School.

    Last season, Mr. Murphy was on the podium for Emmanuel Chabrier's L'étoile at University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music with director Robin Guarino. This year, he conducted Mahler's Kindertotenlieder for the Indiana University Ballet Theater. Mr. Murphy has also made chamber music and concert appearances at La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Festival Musique et Vin, Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, Spivey Hall, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Mozarteum University of Salzburg.

    A native of Syracuse, New York, Kevin Murphy received his bachelor of music in piano performance from Indiana University and his master of music in piano accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music. 

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At a Glance

On this evening’s program, we traverse the 19th and 20th centuries, alternating between German and American repertoires with a set devoted to early 20th-century Swedish songs.

The composition of lieder was Robert Schumann’s principal occupation in 1840, his “year of song.” Liederkreis, Op. 24, is the composer’s first cycle on texts by Heinrich Heine, one of his favorite poets. In the set that follows, we hear songs by Ture Rangström, one of the last heirs of the Swedish Romantic tradition.

Dreams of several kinds waft through a selection of tender songs by a trio of American composers: a morning serenade to the beloved, a serenade to being in love and in Paris, and a lullaby for a child.

German composer Hanns Eisler endured much in his lifetime: exile from Nazi Germany, deportation after being condemned by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and disappointed idealism in Communist East Germany. Near the end of his life, he wrote Ernste Gesänge on themes of resignation and remembrance.

The program ends with four songs by Samuel Barber on texts by poets who include Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Butler Yeats.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible by The Ruth Morse Fund for Vocal Excellence.
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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