First Wednesday

A free public lecture and presentation series

organized by the King Library Special Collections

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

May 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Singing Beethoven

A program of Beethoven's vocal music
and grand opening of the Beethoven Center's new exhibit

Alison Collins, soprano
Roger McCracken, bass-baritone

Eric Gjovaag, violin
Walter Halvorsen, cello
Patricia Stroh, piano

Schiro Program Room, Fifth Floor, Room 550, King Library
South Fourth and San Fernando Streets,
150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose CA 95112
Parking is available in the Fourth Street Garage

"In questa tomba obscura"
"Eleonore," arranged from the second movement of the "Spring" sonata
Three of the Scottish Songs, Opus 108:
"Preist des Erlösers Güte" from Christ on the Mount of Olives
Three selections from Fidelio

For information about the event, please contact the Beethoven Center at: (408) 808-2058.

Seating is limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by
the San Jose State University Library and the American Beethoven Society.

About the singers:

Picture of Alison CollinsSoprano Alison Collins' singing has been described as “an otherworldly sound of great beauty and purity,” (Nancy O’Connell, The Independent). In spring 2008, she traveled to Shanghai, where she sang the soprano solos in Carmina Burana with Ballet San José on their goodwill tour. During the 2009-2010 season she performed as the soprano soloist (Mabel) with Ballet San José in their production of Pirates of Penzance.

She has performed the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah with Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Fauré Requiem with the Winchester Orchestra. Ms. Collins has appeared in the title role of Henry Mollicone’s Starbird

She performed as a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, Virginia Opera, Portland Repertory Opera, and Sarasota Opera. She has performed as a soloist with Opera San José, Stockton Opera Association, Intermountain Opera Chamber Ensemble, Berkeley Opera, American Opera Projects, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, and Townsend Opera Players. She has served as member of the voice faculties of San José State University, and Chabot College.

Bass-baritone Roger McCracken has performed leading roles with companies throughout the United States, including Opera San Luis Obispo, Eugene Opera, Opera Nevada,Pocket Opera, Opera San Jose, San Francisco Lyric, West Bay Opera, Tulsa, New Orleans, North Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Festival Opera. His signature roles include Don Pasquale, Kezal in The Bartered Bride, Sarastro in Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Don Basilio in II Barbiere di Siviglia, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Colline in La boheme. He recently sang Don Bartolo in San Luis Obispo’s il Barbiere did Siviglia, the role of Caudal in Opera Lab's recent presentation of Massenet’s rare gem, Sapho,  and Meyer Wolfsheim in Ensemle Parallele’s production of  The Great Gatsby.