Towards Impressionism Recital with Deanne Meek

Concert with Deanne Meek

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

American Mezzo-soprano Deanne Meek will perform recital songs by French composers associated with the impressionist and romantic movements. Ms. Meek will be accompanied by pianist Ta Wei Tsai.

About the Artists

Lauded as a “splendid mezzo-soprano” by the Wall Street Journal, Deanne Meek performs leading operatic roles at home and abroad to critical acclaim. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she has sung in many of the great opera houses of the world, including New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opera de Lyon, Opera National du Rhin, La Monnaie, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Colon and Teatro all Scala.

Ms. Meek is a graduate of Whitman College and of the Peabody Institute of Music, Johns Hopkins, and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (M.AmSat), Yoga and Gyrokinesis, and is an Associate Teacher of the Fitzmaurice Voicework. She has trained extensively in New York City with the Ping Chong & Company and the SITI theatre companies. As a visiting artist with the University of Washington, School of Music, she gives vocal master classes and coaching in vocal performance repertoire, teaches both movement and acting technique as teacher of the opera workshop program, and provides stage direction for scene and opera performances, most recently for a sold-out production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges.

At home in a wide range of repertoire, signature roles for Ms. Meek include Cherubino, Dorabella, Despina, Zerlina and Elvira in the operas of Mozart; Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Ruggiero, Sesto and Giulio Cesare in the operas of Handel. In concert and recital, Ms. Meek can be heard on recordings with Boston Baroque, and highlights of her symphonic credits include the Luxembourg Philharmonic, Jerusalem and American Symphony orchestras. A champion of new music, the mezzo is frequently heard with the 21st Century Consort in residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C, where she recently premiered and recorded Algebra of Night, a song cycle for mezzo and chamber ensemble by composer Eugene O’Brien. She has also had the pleasure of creating recitals in conjunction with special exhibits at the Frye Art Museum, reflecting on the works of Franz von Stuck and most recently, for Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi, from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark.

Seattle-based pianist Ta Wei Tsai enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer and teacher. A native of Taiwan, Ta Wei immigrated to the U.S. at the age of fifteen, and earned both his Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD, where he served as a full-scholarship graduate assistant. Currently a teaching artist for the Seattle Opera and Cascade Piano Studio, Ta Wei previously served on the piano faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, as well as the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, VA.

Having performed in Asia, Europe, and North America, Ta Wei could be heard on Albany Records’ newly released Time and Memory album, performing the music of composer Michael Rickelton with soprano Molly Young. Additional highlights of Ta Wei’s recent concert seasons include his Carnegie Hall collaborative recital debut with soprano Melissa Wimbish, as well as performances with the U.S. Army Field Band at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC.

Support for this program was generously provided by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. Le lac: effet de nuit (The Lake: Night Effect), ca. 1869. Oil on canvas. © Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims, Legacy Jules Warnier-David. Photo: C. Devleeschauwer.

Ticketing Policies

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the Auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program. Not a member? Join here.