Tuesday, December 10, 2019,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
The eighth season of the Tucson Desert Song Festival celebrates the great diversity of American song. The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a recital by sopranos Erika Burkhart and Crystal Kachevas, along with pianist Bonnie Bird, to preview the 2020 Festival that will take place in January and February.
The ASA program features a bouquet of songs on the themes of “Poems of Emily Dickinson,” “Love Songs,” “Serpent-Siren-Swan & Bird,” and “Night,” by American composers including Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem and Samuel Barber.
Erika Burkhart is a member of True Concord Voices & Orchestra who studied art song performance at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and SongFest in Los Angeles. She also spent two seasons as a Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera. A graduate of the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, she is currently pursuing her master’s degree at UA.
Crystal Kachevas is a recent honors graduate of Arkansas State University who performed with the Arkansas State Opera Theatre while an undergraduate. Currently a graduate vocal performance major at the UA Fred Fox School of Music, she will be playing Lord Birkenhead in the UA Opera Theatre’s upcoming American premiere of Elena Langer’s Rhondda Rips it Up!
Bonnie Bird is a long-time accompanist and coach in the voice department at the UA Fred Fox School of Music. She studied at the Juilliard Prep Division as a teen and earned a bachelor’s degree in piano from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. After earning a master’s degree in accompanying and voice from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, her career took her to Germany where she spent 20 years before returning to the U.S. and making her home in Tucson.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village volunteer