The Liederabend (evenings of songs) Series of vocal recitals was inaugurated in 2011 by Maxine Bernstein, Founder and Director of LIEDER ALIVE! The repertoire tries to cover the full scope of art song presented in venues that try to capture the intimacy of the settings in which the music was originally performed. The 2016–17 season will present five such recitals, four at 5 p.m. on a Sunday evening and one at 7 p.m. on a Friday evening. The specifics are as follows:
Sunday, October 2, 5 p.m.: Mezzo Kindra Scharich and pianist George Fee will prepare a program for the Grand Opening Lieder Gala entitled Lieder from the Great German Songbook, which will survey the art song repertoire from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Hugo Wolf.
Sunday, October 30, 5 p.m.: Pianist Corey Jamason will accompany mezzo Katherine Growdon in a program that will feature Peter Lieberson’s Rilke Songs, as well as songs by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Friday, January 27, 7 p.m.: This will be a “birthday bash” program celebrating the birthdays of both Mozart and composer/pianist Kurt Erickson. Erickson has been Composer-in-Residence for LIEDER ALIVE! since 2013. He will accompany soprano Heidi Moss is a selection of his own songs along with those by Mozart.
Sunday, March 12, 5 p.m.: Scharich will return to perform with another Liederabend “regular,” bass Kirk Eichelberger. The pianist for the occasion will be Ronny Michael Greenberg, currently an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. Eichelberger will perform the last set of songs that Brahms composed, his Opus 121 settings of Biblical texts, which he entitled Vier ernste Gesänge (four serious songs). He will then alternate with Scharich in performances of the nine songs in Robert Schumann’s Op. 98a, Lieder und Gesänge aus Goethes Wilhelm Meister.
Sunday, June 25, 5 p.m.: The season will conclude with a program prepared by pianist John Parr, currently Head of Music Staff at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the vocalist he will accompany has not yet been announced.
All performances will be held at the Noe Valley Ministry at 1021 Sanchez Street, between 23rd Street and Elizabeth Street. Subscriptions for the full five-concert series will be $150 for general admission and $200, which includes reserved seating at the Gala Opening. Single tickets will be $40 at the door. However, there is an Eventbrite Web page for advance purchase of Gala tickets with prices of $35 for general admission open seating and $15 for student tickets. There is also an option for VIP seating for $75. This appears to be the only such Web page available (including one for subscriptions). Presumably the Web page summarizing the full season will add hyperlinks to new Eventbrite pages as they are created. Those interested in subscribing are advised to call LIEDER ALIVE! at 415-561-0100.