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Music Friends is honoured to be part of the VSO Day of Music again and is pleased to present a program of German and Chinese art song titled Spring Flowers, featuring accomplished local singers Chloé Hurst and Leah Giselle Field, with co-founder and artistic director Eric Wong on the piano. The videos are recorded with physical distancing and masks under provincial health guidelines. English subtitles are displayed in the video.
Chloé Hurst, soprano
Leah Giselle Field, mezzo-soprano
Eric Wong, piano
黄自 Huang Zi – 玫瑰三愿 Three Wishes of a Rose (Chloé Hurst)
黄自 Huang Zi – 春思曲 Spring Nostalgia (Chloé Hurst)
Franz Schubert – Der Tod und das Mädchen / Death and the Maiden, D. 531 (Leah Field)
Franz Schubert – Du bist die Ruh / You are Peace, D. 776 (Chloé Hurst)
Robert Schumann – Die Lotosblume / The Lotus Flower, Op. 25 No. 7 (Leah Field)
Robert Schumann – Widmung / Dedication, Op. 25 No. 1 (Chloé Hurst)
Gustav Mahler – Liebst du um Schönheit / If You Love for Beauty (Leah Field)
Gustav Mahler – Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen / I Am Lost to the World (Chloé Hurst)
Eric Wong is the artistic director of the salon-style concert series Music Friends (www.mymusicfriends.com), which took place in the living rooms of hosts throughout the Vancouver area. He is also an active pianist specializing in chamber music and art song. He has collaborated with acclaimed artists and luminaries including CBC 30 Under 30 musicians Cameron Crozman and Boson Mo, as well as UBC President Dr. Santa J. Ono (in VSO Day of Music 2019). He is eager to bring Music Friends back into our communities once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
Chloé Hurst (soprano) is an active singer, pianist and teacher in Vancouver. Hailed by Opera Canada as having “enviable clarity and precision,” her talent has taken her around the world. Chloé has had the privilege of performing across North America, Europe and China in operas, concerts and competitions. Past opera roles include Adina (L’elisir D’amore), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mimì (La Bohème) and many more. As a versatile performer, Chloé has also sung various works with orchestra from Handel’s Messiah to Berlioz’s Les Nuits D’été to Bernstein’s West Side Story. Alongside performing, Chloé has been teaching piano, theory and voice for several years, and joined the VAM faculty in 2008.
Mezzo soprano Leah Giselle Field (www.leahgisellefield.com) is noted for her versatility as a vocalist and the strength of her dramatic presence. A graduate of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, she is a Vancouver Opera Foundation Amatori bursary recipient and district winner and regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.