Noontunes Summer Concert: Sarah Bach, soprano and Emily Murphy, piano
Please join us on Wednesday, July 27th at 12:15pm at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole, for the final concert of our 2022 Noontunes Summer Concert Series. Soprano, Sarah Bach and pianist, Emily Murphy will present a program called “Rejoice and Remember,” featuring works by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Copeland and Purcell.
Soprano Sarah Bach is possessed with a voice of “sparkling tone”, “very fine legato” and “excellent coloratura technique” and is said to “communicate beautifully and convincingly”. She has sung internationally throughout the UK, Canada and USA including Southwest corridor and the New England area. Past performances include recitals at Northern Arizona University, Smith College, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Boston Athenaeum, Smith College, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi for the 400th Anniversary of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico and performances in the Boston, Cambridge and Cape Cod area. A champion of new song, her repertoire ranges from oratorio and opera to art song and chamber music. In 2011, Miss Bach appeared with other NEC faculty at a Memorial Concert for composer Milton Babbitt in October at New England Conservatory winning her accolades for her performance. “…the performance of Du by Sarah Bach … was so well-executed that it generated a certain appeal on a separate plane than that of the structural organization – a phenomenon not uncommon to Babbitt’s music.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) In addition, she participated in faculty artist recitals at Boston University and Greenwood Music Camp with violinist Rebecca Fischer and composer John Rodney Lister performing his works. In 2010, Miss Bach was the Emerging Artist for Music at Eden’s Edge performing cantata works of Handel and Vivaldi. A 2008 NATSAA Regional Finalist of New England, Miss Bach was named a Stern Fellow for Songfest in Malibu, CA (2009) and scholarship recipient for the Theatre of Art Song program as part of the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver, BC (2010). Miss Bach holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from The Longy School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Massachusetts. She also received vocal and music education training from The Hartt School of Music and The Crane School of Music. Miss Bach has studied with acclaimed mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato and her principal teachers have included Karyl Ryczek, Celina Moore and Ruthann Ryan Hellfach. She has participated in master classes with Rosemarie Landry, Carol Webber, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Sondra Kelly, and composers John Musto and Lori Laitman.
Emily Murphy is on the music faculty at Boston College and is known for her sensitivity as a collaborative pianist. She holds a Masters in Musicology from the University of Washington and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Longy School of Music. An avid music educator, she was awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of Washington and was a recipient of the Artsbridge Award for facilitating the creation and production of original operas in Salt Lake City public schools. Ms. Murphy was appointed Music Director of Studio East and Youth Theater Northwest in Seattle from 2004 to 2006. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Stern Fellowship to attend Songfest in Malibu, CA, and in 2009, received a scholarship to participate in the Collaborative Piano Program of the Vancouver International Song Institute. She has participated in master classes with Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson and Martin Katz and was a featured pianist for the 2014 Music at Eden’s Edge Chamber Series. She lives in Natick, MA, with her husband, son, and golden retriever.
The concert will take place in the stone church at the Church of the Messiah, 22 Church Street in Woods Hole. A free-will offering will be collected to support the church music program. For more information and directions, please visit the church’s website at www.churchofthemessiahwoodshole.org.