Sunday, April 1, 2012

Breaking News: Michael Weyandt wins Trueman Art Song Competition

Michael Weyandt
Barihunks continue to leave the competition in the dust at vocal competitions around the world. The two top winners at the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition in New York City were both barihunks.

Michael Weyandt won top honors and Malcolm Merriweather won an encouragement award (along with mezzo Rosalie Sullivan).  As winner, Weyandt will be featured in his own recital with accompanist Thomas Muraco in 2013. The talented singer can next be seen performing Handel's "Almira" with operamission from May 26-31.

Weyandt performs Peter Maxwell Davis' Eight Songs for a Mad King, with the 
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble:

Weyandt performed Bellini's "Ma rendi pur contento," Schubert's "Das Zugenglocklein," Brahms' "Unbewegte laue Luft," Debussy's "Trois Ballades de Francois Villon, no. 2.," Poulenc's "Sanglots," and Ives' "General William Booth Enters Into Heaven." His accompanist was Jennifer Peterson.

Malcolm Merriweather
Merriweather performed Richard Strauss' "Lob des Leidens," Rossini's "L'ultimo ricordo," Hahn's "A Chloris," Mahler's "Wer hat dies Leidsein erdacht?," Ives' "He is there!" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "I got me flowers" (from Five Mystical Songs). His accompanist was Alden Gatt.

Malcolm Merriweather singing "Easter" from Five Mystical Songsin 2010:

All finalists who participated will receive free admission into future ASPS workshops and master classes for the next year where each will have the opportunity to work closely with master class guest artist on the ASPS Advisory Board.

The competition is sponsored by the Art Song Preservation Society of New York.


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