Around the middle of this month, when a summary of the programs for the four concerts in the 2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals series was first announced, the description of the second event was simply that the vocalist would be bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, accompanied by pianist John Churchwell, in a “showcase of recent American composers, including Ricky Ian Gordon and Glen Roven.” Yesterday afternoon the San Francisco Opera Center released further information about Okulitch’s plans. They are not yet complete, but there is now sufficient information to provide the curious listener with useful expectations.
Much of the program will be based on Okulitch’s album The New American Art Song, released by GPR Records in March of 2013. Roven, who was one of the producers of the album, will be represented by selections from the fifteen songs in his collection Songs from the Underground, based on fifteen texts that span literary history from John Milton to W. H. Auden. There will also be three of the eight songs in Gordon’s Quiet Lives, two, “Lullaby” and “Interior” with texts by Dorothy Parker and one, “Virginia Woolf,” by James Schuyler. Okulitch is also planning to sing additional Gordon songs on texts by William Shakespeare, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. The program will also include compositions by Evan Mack, but specific details have not yet been announced.
This recital will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. The venue will be the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, located on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue, on the southwest corner of McAllister Street. Single tickets will be sold for $30. Because the first recital in the series will be taking place this Sunday (February 28), subscriptions to all four recitals in the series are still available for $100.
Tickets may be purchased at the San Francisco Opera Box Office in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House at 301 Van Ness Avenue on the northwest corner of Grove Street. They may also be ordered by calling the Box Office at 415-864-3330. In addition, single tickets may be purchased through the Web page of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals. That Web page has a hyperlink for each concert from which tickets may be purchased.
Finally, student rush tickets, subject to availability, will be available for $15 at the Atrium Theater at 4:30 p.m. There will be a limit of two tickets at this rate, and valid identification will be required. As always, artists, programs, schedules, and ticket prices are subject to change.