MONDAY JUNE 20 AT 7 P.M. AT ST. MARK’S CHURCH. Mirror Visions Ensemble was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text, initially through the creation of “mirror visions” — settings of the same text to music by different composers. The group’s passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humor, leading to the revitalization of art song programming.
The Mirror Visions Ensemble sings its way to far-flung destinations, real and imaginary. Travel songs by Barber, Berlioz, Blangini, Duparc, Haydn, Poulenc and Hugo Wolf share the ride with MVE commissions by Tom Cipullo and Scott Wheeler, as well as Gilda Lyons’ “Great Barrier Reef.” The poetry of Baudelaire, Joyce and Metastasio is featured, as well as the correspondence of Paul Bourget Isabella Stewart Gardner and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Featuring soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, MVE takes audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing well-known and often-neglected pieces by composers both familiar and new, set to texts by poets and historical figures that encompass published works, correspondence and other anecdotes.
The Mermaid’s Song – by Joseph Haydn / Anne Hunter
Midnight on the Great Western – by Benjamin Britten / Thomas Hardy
Willkommen und Abschied – by Franz Schubert / Johann W. von Goethe
L’Île inconnue – by Hector Berlioz / Théophile Gautier
Great Barrier Reef – by Gilda Lyons / Recent studies, adapted by composer
Tale of the Oyster – by Cole Porter
Youkali – by Kurt Weill / Roger Fernay
Per valli, per boschi – by Felice Blangini / Pietro Metastasio
He’s Goin’ Away – by Trad., arr. Katherine K. Davis / Traditional
Weg der Liebe – by Johannes Brahms / Johann Gottfried von Herder
Scott Wheeler Isabella Letters*
Letter #1. Henry James to Isabella – by Henry James
Letter #2. Kakuzo Okakura to Isabella’s Cat – by Kakuzo Okakura
Letter #3. Isabella to Bernard Berenson – by Isabella Stewart Gardner
Letter #4. The Stairway of Jade – by Kakuzo Okakura
Solitary Hotel – by Samuel Barber / James Joyce
Hôtel – by Francis Poulenc / Guillaume Apollinaire
At the Windermere Hotel – by Tom Cipullo / Edna St. Vincent Millay
Song for the Mira – by Allister MacGillivray, arr. John Greer / Allister MacGillivray
Goodbye, My Love / Journey On (from: Ragtime) – by Stephen Flaherty / Lynn Ahrens
Members of the Mirror Visions Ensemble
Mireille Asselin (Soprano)
A singer deemed “superb” by the Los Angeles Times, and praised by Opera Canada for her “vivacious stage presence” and as a “soprano that charms and brightens a room”, Mireille Asselin enjoys a diverse, international career spanning concert, opera, and recital work. To date, Mireille has sung five seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, where she debuted as Poussette in Manon. She then made waves by jumping in as Adele for opening night of Die Fledermaus under the baton of James Levine, giving a performance that critics raved “stole the show”, hailing it as one of New York’s “most enchanting” of the season. As a respected performer of early music she appears regularly with Opera Atelier, Boston Early Music Festival, and other period ensembles. She made her European operatic debut in 2014 at the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles in Lully’s Persée and her Carnegie Hall concert debut in 2012. In the 2018-19 season, Mireille sang with Champs Elysées Theater in Paris (Zerlina, Don Giovanni), Milwaukee Symphony (Handel’s Messiah), Caramoor Festival (Venus, Rameau’s Dardanus) and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (Mozart’s Requiem), and returned to Carnegie Hall (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio), Columbus Opera (title role, Monteverdi’s Poppea), and Opera Atelier (Zerlina) in addition to performing extensively with the Mirror Visions Ensemble in recital across North America. Ms. Asselin’s discography includes two projects dedicated to Canadian music – “Inspired by Canada – Notre Pays” with the Amici Chamber Ensemble on Marquis Classics and “Ash Roses” on Centrediscs – as well as Haydn’s Harmoniemesse recorded with the Handel + Haydn Society to be released this year on the CORO label. Ms. Asselin is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Studio, Yale University, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. For more info visit www.mireilleasselin.com.
Mischa Bouvier (Baritone)
Baritone Mischa Bouvier has appeared with many leading orchestras and ensembles including Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Stern Auditorium and the New York Live Arts Theater, New York Festival of Song, the Folger Consort, Sting at Disney Hall, Musica Sacra at Lincoln Center, the Princeton Glee Club, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, El Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, the Metropolis Ensemble, Christopher Williams Dance, TENET Vocal Artists, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Anonymous 4, Bronx Opera, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, ACRONYM, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera in the Heights, Musica Sacra Maastricht, the Stamford Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Group at Seiji Ozawa Hall, the American Bach Soloists, the Lysander Piano Trio, the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra, and The Knights, and has offered recitals throughout the United States and in Asia. Mischa holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. www.mischabouvier.com
Daniel McGrew (Tenor)
Praised for his “lovely, nuanced tenor” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Daniel McGrew is an active performer of a broad range of repertoires spanning opera, musical theatre, early, and new musics. Upcoming engagements include Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen with Brooklyn Art Song Society, the world premiere of songs by John Harbison at SongFest, the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at Tanglewood, his third residence at the Marlboro Music Festival in southern Vermont, and appearances with Gamut Bach Ensemble on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Series. A winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artist auditions, Daniel will make his solo recital debuts in NYC and Washington D.C. in December of 2022.
An early music specialist, Daniel has performed Bach with conductors including Matthew Halls, John Harbison, David Hill, Kenneth Slowik, and Masaaki Suzuki, including a one-on-a-part B Minor Mass at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. As a soloist with Yale’s Schola Cantorum, he appeared in Bach’s Mass in A Major at Alice Tully Hall, Arvo Pärt’s Passio in performances throughout Russia and the Baltic region, Bach’s Magnificat throughout India, and the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 and Händel’s Occasional Oratorio in New York and New Haven.
Daniel is particularly devoted to song repertoire and recital performance, appearing regularly with Brooklyn Art Song Society, Cincinnati Song Initiative, New York Festival of Song, and more. In 2020 he joined the Mirror Visions Ensemble, with whom he performs regularly each season. Recent recital highlights include Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Cornell University, a James Primosch memorial recital on the NYFOS Next series, and two performances of Wolf’s complete Mörike Lieder with Martin Katz.
Daniel holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Yale University; in 2020 he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan.
Grant Wenaus (Piano)
Grant Wenaus, originally from Regina, Canada, is a pianist, vocal coach, conductor and professor. He created the Collaborative Piano Studies program at NYU, where he conducted productions including The Magic Flute, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Merry Widow, Ragtime, City of Angels and The Light in the Piazza. Dr. Wenaus is a Principal Coach and Assistant Conductor at the Glimmerglass Festival, and has been a vocal coach for the UpNorth Vocal Institute, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Florence Voice Seminar and the College Audition Advantage program at Hartford University. At Glimmerglass, he has performed in recitals with Eric Owens, Jay Hunter Morris, Nathan Gunn, David Pittsinger, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Marietta Simpson and Peter Volpe. He has also been an accompanist for many concerts at Symphony Space in New York City, working with such Broadway luminaries as John Kander, Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, Carolee Carmello, Kate Baldwin, Rebecca Luker, Julia Murney and Brian D’Arcy James. He is currently on faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey.