IDB Cultural Center - Laurie Rubin Concert
Thursday, May 12, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC

The IDB Cultural Center and Bridge Records invite you to attend
a recital with the US/ Dominican mezzo-soprano
Laurie Rubin
Accompanied by pianist Marija Stroke

Born in the United States of Dominican heritage, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin was praised by New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini for  "compelling artistry," "communicative power," and a voice with "earthy, rich, and poignant qualities." Los Angeles Times special critic Josef Woodard wrote Laurie gives a "charismatic, multi-textured performance," and "seems to have an especially acute intuition about the power and subtleties of sound… she was a compelling force at the center of the music." Recent career highlights include her UK solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

She has performed Berlioz' Les Nuit d'ete with the Burbank Philharmonic  Orchestra; Mozart's Mass in C Minor solo with the Yale Symphony; Haydn's Harmonie Mass solo with the Oakland/East Bay Symphony; a benefit concert of duets with opera star Frederica von Stade; Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 under the baton of John Williams; a benefit performance with Marvin Hamlisch; and a recital at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, DC.

Ms. Rubin has also performed the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola, the lead role of Karen in Gordon Beeferman's The Rat Land with New York City Opera, and Penelope in Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses in the Greenwich Music Festival.  She is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Musique A La Mode Chamber Music Ensemble which has a concert series in the East Village of Manhattan. She is also one of the founding members of Callisto Ascending Baroque Ensemble which has performed concerts at Lincoln Center.  Ms. Rubin has recorded a CD of art songs with renowned pianist Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label. Her second recording, Do You Dream In Color will be released by Bridge Records in 2011.

Pianist Marija Stroke has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia and Hong Kong. She performs at such chamber music festivals as Caramoor, the City of London Festival, Chamber Music Virginia, the Moab Festival in Utah, La Jolla Summer-fest, and Chamber Music Northwest. She has also performed chamber music with the Brentano, Miami, Ciompi, Borromeo and Cassatt string quartets.  Marija Stroke's recordings include chamber music of Bruce Adolphe with the Brentano String Quartet on the CRI/New World label, the three sonatas for violin and piano of Edvard Grieg with violinist Curtis Macomber on Arabesque, and Do You Dream in Color? with mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin for the Bridge label.  (Photo credit: Jonathan Barkat)

Bridge Records
Laurie's web page

Six songs by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-99); Three Poems of González Martínez by Manuel Ponce (1882-1948); Do You Dream in Color?  Music by Bruce Adolphe (1955- ) Lyrics by Laurie Rubin;  Four Andean Songs (set to poetry by José María Arguedas) by Gabriela Lena Frank (1971-).  

Free and open to the public
Inter-American Development Bank   Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC   One block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit  Photo ID required.  Attire is business casual.  Young people 8 years and older are welcome.  Seating is unreserved general admission, 350 seats.  202.623.3558

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