Performance Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 5:30 PM

The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital

Weill Recital Hall
Each January, The Song Continues features young singers on the verge of international renown. In this recital, sensational singer Sidney Outlaw showcases the “deep, resonant baritone and thoughtful approach to phrasing” (The New York Times) that have put him on the path to stardom.


  • Sidney Outlaw, Baritone
  • Warren Jones, Piano


  • R. STRAUSS Fünf Lieder, Op. 15
    ·· Madrigal
    ·· Winternacht
    ·· Lob des Leidens
    ·· Aus den Liedern der Trauer
    ·· Heimkehr
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The House of Life
    ·· Love-Sight
    ·· Silent Noon
    ·· Love's Minstrels
    ·· Heart's Haven
    ·· Death in Love
    ·· Love's Last Gift
  • GERSHWIN "They All Laughed"
  • GERSHWIN "Embraceable You"
  • GERSHWIN "Just Another Rhumba"

  • Encores:ANONYMOUS Over "My Head"
  • EVELYN SIMPSON "Get On Board"


  • Sidney Outlaw

    Sidney Outlaw, grand-prize winner of the 2010 Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballé, delights audiences in the US and abroad with his rich, versatile baritone and engaging stage presence. A recent graduate of the Merola Opera Program and former member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, this rising American baritone from Brevard, North Carolina, made his English National Opera debut in the 2011-2012 season as Rambo in John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer. Also last season, he appeared as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly at Opera on the James.

    A sought-after concert singer and recitalist, Mr. Outlaw made his Schwabacher Debut Recital at the San Francisco Opera Center with pianist John Churchwell; he collaborates regularly with renowned pianists, including Warren Jones, Carol Wong, Steven Blier, and Michael Barrett. His concert and recital appearances at major concert halls include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Music Academy of the West and at Alice Tully Hall, and the world premiere of Wayne Oquin's A Time to Break Silence: Songs Inspired by the Words and Writings of Martin Luther King Jr., commissioned by The Juilliard School.

    Mr. Outlaw's awards include second prize at the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, semi-finalist at the International Singing Contest Francisco Viñas, finalist for both Concours Musical International de Montréal and George London Foundation, and grand prize at the Florida Grand Opera / YPO Vocal Competition. He holds a master's degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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  • Warren Jones

    Warren Jones, who was named as the 2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year by Musical America, performs with many of today's best-known artists-Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, Anthony Dean Griffey, Bo Skovhus, Eric Owens, and Richard Yongjae O'Neill-and is principal pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. In the past, he has partnered with such great performers as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Salvatore Licitra, Tatiana Troyanos, James Morris, and Martti Talvela. He is a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the Music Academy of the West, and received the 2011 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers National Association of America, the highest honor granted from the organization. He has been invited to the White House to perform for state dinners in honor of the leaders of Canada, Russia, and Italy; and three times to the United States Supreme Court for musical afternoons in the East Conference Room at the Court.

    A graduate of New England Conservatory, he currently serves on the Board of Visitors for that institution and has been honored with a doctoral degree from San Francisco Conservatory. His most recent musical ventures include conducting, having led sold-out, critically acclaimed performances of Mascagni's L'amico Fritz and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia in recent summers. Mr. Jones returns to the podium for performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in 2013. Visit for a complete biography, a listing of his upcoming engagements, and his discography of 29 recordings on every major label.

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At a Glance

On this multinational program, we hear love songs by three composers of diverse backgrounds: a Bavarian composer writing on texts by a great Italian Renaissance artist and a fellow Bavarian poet; an Englishman who studied in Germany, France, and London; and two quintessential American Broadway geniuses, born to Russian immigrants.

Richard Strauss is justly famous for his magnificent operas, but he also wrote beautiful works for the song repertory. We hear an early set of five songs, the first being a setting of a brief poem by Michelangelo—a talented poet as well as a great sculptor and painter. The remaining songs are on texts by a wealthy art collector whose poetry also attracted Brahms's attention.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was the leading composer of the turn-of-century generation that sought to regenerate English music (and did so). Tonight's artists perform an early song cycle on poems by another artist-poet from a later era: Dante Gabriel Rossetti of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists. The songs are ultra-Romantic with debts to Brahms and Wagner, but always with Vaughan Williams's unique style shining through the homages to predecessors.

We close with the Gershwin brothers' tribute to love that triumphs over all and to the irresistible power of music—in this case, the rhumba. We exit dancing.
Program Notes

The Song Continues is supported, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
This program is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.