Omaha Under The Radar & Opera Omaha presents
TIMO ANDRES, RICHARD VALITUTTO, SOPHIA POTTER, AMANDA DEBOER, & UNO PERCUSSION
Saturday, January 17, 2015 08:00 PM
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Pairing up for the first time to showcase experimental and contemporary music in Omaha, Omaha Under the Radar and Opera Omaha will co-present an evening of music by living composers in preparation for Opera Omaha's production of A Flowering Tree by John Adams. Featuring critically acclaimed pianists Richard Valitutto (LA) and Timo Andres (Brooklyn), as well as the UNO Percussion Ensemble, cellist Sophia Potter, and soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, the evening offers gems of the contemporary repertoire, as well as new works from emerging musical voices.
About Omaha Under the Radar: Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival and series in the Midwest, featuring events throughout Omaha, and a platform for exploration and innovation.
About Opera Omaha: Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association. With tremendous community support, it became a fully professional opera company by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community.
Timo Andres is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His début album, Shy and Mighty, which features ten interrelated pieces for two pianos performed by himself and pianist David Kaplan, was released by Nonesuch Records in May 2010 to immediate critical acclaim.
Recent highlights include solo recitals at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, and San Francisco Performances; a weekend of performances in Los Angeles, featuring a new work for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and a performance of his re-composition of the Mozart "Coronation" Concerto; and performances of Crashing Through Fences by eighth blackbird.
Timo earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale and in addition to music. He is one sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers' collective, and performs regularly with ACME.
Richard Valitutto is an emphatic and dedicated performer of compositions for the piano. Described by the Los Angeles Times as a "vivid soloist," "quietly dazzling," and "vigorously virtuosic," he is sought after for his tenacity in bringing dynamic life to scores old and new in a spirit of collaboration and informed understanding.
Richard has been featured on recordings for the New World, Populist, and pfMENTUM record labels. His compositions have been performed by What's Next? Ensemble, Panic Duo, as well as the widely praised wild Up Modern Music Collective, of which he is a regularly contributing performer and composer.
He holds degrees in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts (MFA) where he studied with Vicki Ray and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (BM, summa cum laude) where he studied with Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff.
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett is an experimental singer and classical music curator based in Omaha, Nebraska. Specializing in project-based collaborations with living composers, Ms. DeBoer is particularly interested in the development of new dramatic works. She is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and is the founder of Omaha Under the Radar - a performance festival in the Midwest. She has recordings on Southport Records, Navona Records, Carrier Records, and soon will be available on New Amsterdam's label.
A native of Lincoln, NE, Sophia Potter began her cello studies at the age of 10 with Carol Work. She received her B.A. in Cello Performance in 2007 from Oberlin College where she studied with Peter Rejto, Hans Jensen, and Amir Eldan. In the Spring of 2009, Sophia received her M.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During this time, she served as Assistant Principal Cellist in the UNL Symphony and Principal Cellist of the UNL Philharmonia in the Fall of 2008, as well as competing as a finalist in UNL's 2009 "Play with the Chiara" competition. While at UNL, she studied with Gregory Beaver of the Chiara Quartet. Following a 9 month stay in Cleveland, OH, Sophia moved to Omaha, NE to found The Kronberg Ensemble (now Rangbrook Ensemble).