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“Illuminations of Love and Justice” Erik Rasmussen, tenor Cullan Bryant, piano LES ILLUMINATIONS, op. 18 — Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) Fanfare Villes IIIa. Phrase IIIb. Antique Royauté Marine Interlude VII. Being Beauteous VIII. Parade Départ SONGS OF LOVE AND JUSTICE — Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941) Justice Difficulties III.
“Illuminations of Love and Justice”
Erik Rasmussen, tenor
Cullan Bryant, piano
LES ILLUMINATIONS, op. 18 — Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
VII. Being Beauteous
SONGS OF LOVE AND JUSTICE — Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)
Erik Rasmussen’s unique and colorful tenor voice has been described as, “youthful, amusing, and crowd- pleasing.” (Brooklyn Discovery) Hailing from Brentwood, New York, he has previously appeared in operatic and concert performances with Spotlight on Opera, the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, SingThrough Central, Stony Brook Opera, SongFest, the Lake Junaluska Singers, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Hillman Opera, Nickel City Opera, and the United States Army Field Band & Soldier’s Chorus. He is a recipient of the Lawrence Schauffler Scholarship, the Sol Schoenbach Memorial Scholarship, and the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence from the U.S. Marine Corps Youth Foundation. Erik holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Fredonia School of Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Classical Voice Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studies with critically acclaimed baritone Sidney Outlaw.
Cullan Bryant is among the most active chamber and collaborative pianists in New York City, maintaining a schedule of over 50 recitals a year. He has performed with such artists as Emanuel Borok, Misha Keylin, Oleh Krysa, Julia Lichten, Midori, Sviatoslav Moroz, Peter Rejto, members of the American, Arcata and Borromeo Quartets and has appeared in recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in such venues as Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Mr. Bryant made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992 in recital with violinist Patmore Lewis.
Christopher Johnson, Director of Musiccjohnson@interchurch-center.org