Performing Arts Society presents tribute to Verdi, Wagner

Concert is first of five concerts of the season

The Performing Arts Society will present its first concert of the year Saturday at the Christ Lutheran Church.


The performers, Kate Egan, soprano, Nancy Caudill, mezzo-soprano and Juliana Osinchuk, pianist, will entertain the crowd with their concert tribute to Verdi and Wagner, opera composers who were both born 200 years ago this year.

According to Maria Allison, a member of the society, the women will be singing arias and artsongs written by the composers and Osinchuk will be playing a transcription of opera music by Liszt, the opera music written by Wagner.

“It should be a very interesting and different performance. We haven’t had a solo vocal concert on our concert season in a number of years,” Allison said.

The Performing Arts Society is a non-profit organization which funds concerts through donations and grants, as well as selling ads for the concerts season programs.

“The Performing Arts Society’s mission is to promote classical and jazz music in the Central Peninsula area by bringing in performances from Alaska and the lower 48, to perform for the public in a formal concert, as well as to perform and promote music to the youth of our communities through school concerts, workshops, clinics and master classes.

The Kenai Peninsula performances will be the first for the three women.

Juliana Osinchuk — pianist

Juliana Osinchuk has produced numerous works and is a recipient of a solo recitalist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has presented solo recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. New York and Seattle.

She said she is excited to share music from Wagner and Verdi

“Since both Verdi & Wagner were composers almost exclusively of opera, they did not really shape my life, until I was a teenager and started to listen to and attend opera performances. I immediately fell in love with the works of Verdi. My love of Wagner is much more recent,” Osinchuk said.

Kate Egan — soprano

Kate Egan has sang with the New York City Opera, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She moved to Anchorage from New York City five years ago.

Egan said she has had great past experience with the music composed by Verdi.

“When I was an apprentice with the Sarasota Opera, I was in the chorus of a very dramatic opera by Verdi. There was a storm scene and our loved ones were lost at sea,” she said. “It was the first time I made the connection between my singing training and my acting training, because the dramatic gesture was so huge. I had to commit myself totally to communicating these serious emotions. I just kind of burst through and was a different performer (better) after that.”

Nancy Caudill — mezzo soprano

Nancy Caudill began singing at a very early age and went on to earn a degree in opera, Oratorio and Art Song performance from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. She moved to Alaska nearly six years ago and resides and maintains a voice studio in Anchorage. She has appeared at leading national and international venues as a featured soloist. As a mezzo-soprano soloist, she has performed in Venice and Florence, Italy and St. Petersburg.

She said she encourages those interested in music to follow their passion and pass it on.

“I take (singing) very seriously,” she said.


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