2014-04-18 / Community

Free And Rhodebeck To Perform At RAA


Mezzo soprano Christine Free and pianist Jacob Rhodebeck. Mezzo soprano Christine Free and pianist Jacob Rhodebeck. The Rockaway Artists Alliance will feature the voice of worldclass mezzo-soprano Christine Free paired with extraordinary pianist Jacob Rhodebeck for an afternoon of lied (song in German and Dutch), arias, and solo piano music.

The free concert will take place in RAA’s T-7 main gallery at Fort Tilden at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

“For the April concert,” singer Free noted, “we would like to present music of contrasting styles- Jacob will play selections from the solo piano work, “The Vanishing Pavilions,” by Michael Hersch and I will sing selections from Romantic and Baroque operatic and song repertoire. We will juxtapose movements of Hersch’s work with radiant and dark arias and songs, creating an elaborate soundscape of depth and intrigue.”

In what promises to be an entertaining afternoon, the program will feature works by Claude Debussy, Michael Hersch, Gustav Mahler, and George Frideric Handel and Elliott Carter.

Free has consistently delighted audiences, singing with passion, sensitivity, and charisma. Featured roles include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Roméo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard. She is currently a Professor of Music at the City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and maintains an active performing career in New York.

Rhodebeck is a pianist known for his facile technique and his enthusiasm for performing new and unknown music. He attended the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and received both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in music from Stony Brook University. He has performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Symphony Band and as a member of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players. He has been a Tanglewood Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and currently is an accompanist at the Riverdale Country School as well as Sarah Lawrence University. He is the principal pianist for one of New York’s premiere contemporary ensembles, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble.

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