Warhol's World in Song: Musical Snapshots from the 1960s
July 26, 2013

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol

Pianist, Victoria Kirsch and sopranos Suzan Hanson and Shana Blake Hill present an eclectic evening of music inspired by the iconic pop artist. Touching on themes from Warhol’s life and artistic sensibilities – from the longing for glamour and fame to urban living – the program features arias and duets from the American songbook, with music by Bernstein, Sondheim, Laitman and others, interspersed with excerpts from Warhol’s diaries.

Show begins at 8pm. Tickets $25/$20 for Seniors.

Suzan Hanson, Soprano Blessed with a voice of exquisite beauty and power, which has been lauded by critics and audience members alike, what is most intriguing in a career such as Suzan’s is her constant involvement with the creation of new works, be they Opera Theater or Theater with Music. Through such productions, Suzan has found a particular niche where she challenges the lines of differentiation between actress and singer. Critics have been overwhelmed by the fully realized characters she creates; characters filled with a pathos and humanness often lacking on the operatic stage. Most recently Suzan recreated her critically acclaimed Eurydice in ORPHEUS X (Eckert) for the NYC premiere of this intriguing piece of Music Theater. Suzan has been involved with ORPHEUS X from its creation at ART under the direction of Robert Woodruff, followed by featured performances at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Following ORPHEUS X, Suzan played a number of roles in THE GOOD SOLDEIR SCHWEIK for Long Beach Opera in a rompingly zany production directed by Ken Roht, conducted by Andreas Mitisek. In March Suzan appeared as Pat Nixon in NIXON IN CHINA for Long Beach Opera under the baton of Andreas Mitisek and the direction of Peter Pawlik.

Shana Blake Hill, Soprano Shana Blake Hill continues to excite audiences and critics alike as she proves herself a multifaceted performer in both operatic and orchestral repertoires. Ms. Hill has appeared as a principal artist with such opera companies as: The Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera (Finland), Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Opera, Berkshire Opera and Opera Nova. Highlights of Ms. Hill’s recent engagements and notable upcoming events include: The 2009 release on the Naxos label of Bright Sheng’s The Phoenix and Ms. Hill’s subscription debut (The Phoenix) with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, Violetta in La Traviata with Dayton Opera, Mr. Tambourine Man by John Corigliano with The Pasadena Symphony, Roberta in An American Tragedy by Tobias Picker (West Coast Premiere), World Premiere song cycle By William H. Curry with The North Carolina Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with The Pasadena Symphony and Northwest Sinfonietta, Cio Cio San In Madama Butterfly with Bar Harbor Music Festival, Musetta in La Boheme with Opera Coeur D’Alene, Nedda in I Pagliacci with FM Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Southwest, Maria in West Side Story with the Lexington Philharmonic, and her next recording project now in development is “An African Operatic Tapestry” with renowned producer Cedric Samson on location in beautiful South Africa. Born in North Carolina Ms. Hill received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, her Master of Music from The University of Southern California. 

Victoria Kirsch, Pianist Pianist Victoria Kirsch curates and performs a wide range of text-based musical programs in a variety of local, regional and national venues. She serves as music director of both the Los Angeles-based Operetta Foundation, which presents staged concerts of rare operetta gems, and Opera Arts, a Coachella Valley-based organization featuring operatic concerts with piano and orchestra. An active recitalist, Victoria collaborates frequently with a number of Southern California-based opera singers, including Anne Marie Ketchum, Suzan Hanson, Shana Blake Hill, Brian Asawa, Nmon Ford, Cedric Berry, Roberto Perlas Gomez and Dean Elzinga. She has performed on numerous local and regional chamber music series, including Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Grand Performances at California Plaza, Jacaranda in Santa Monica and the Brand Library Music Series in Glendale. Victoria’s bio includes répétiteur/chorus master/ assistant conductor for Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Mississippi Opera, among others. She has been a popular teaching artist for LA Operas Education and Community Programs Department, covering over 25 operas for the company’s Opera for Educators and LA Opera 90012 programs. Victoria was a vocal faculty member of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music from 2000 to 2003, and she has been a faculty member of the Malibu- based SongFest since 2007. She served on the vocal faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1987-1992, playing in the studio of renowned baritone and master teacher Martial Singher.

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