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$20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students and alumni (with ID)
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What Would Alice Say?

November 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA [map]

Soprano Natalie Lerch, baritone Robert Wade, and pianist Guinevere Saenger explore the world of Alice in Wonderland through music and theatre.

Natalie Lerch holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, as well as a Master of Music degree from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. As Professor of Voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, she teaches Musical Theatre Workshop; English, Italian, French and German Diction for Singers; and voice lessons to voice and theatre majors. She has performed professionally with Spotlight Dinner Theatre, Columbus Light Opera, The Reality Theatre, Opera!Columbus, The Norman Luboff Touring Choir, and Divalycious, a soprano quartet. Lerch has performed “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber with the Port Angeles Symphony and the Ohio University Orchestra, and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4” with the Seattle Philharmonic. During a trip to Brazil, she performed jazz standards, as well as a jazz version of Un bel di vedremo” from Madama Butterfly, with the Jazz Ensemble at the Federal University of Rio. She also participated in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Orvieto, Italy; performed with The Jazz Police at the Tacoma Jazz Festival; and has sung under the direction of Brian Kay with the Berkshire Choral Festival. In 2010, Lerch presented an evening of opera for solo soprano on the Cornish Music Series, performing Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga, and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, in collaboration with Daniel Wilson and Adam Stern. She has sung in master classes and weeklong workshops with Renee Fleming and Julianne Baird. Upcoming performances include Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” with the Seattle Philharmonic in January 2014.

Robert Wade has been singing for most of his life and finds joy in every note. His experience includes every possible scenario of singing and song from the three-table dive to the 1,000-seat performance halls regionally, nationally, and internationally. He studied with James Pruss for several years. Among his favorites performances are “The Poet” from Kismet and the “Duruflé Requiem.” Wade currently sings with The Esoterics in Seattle, Washington.

Pianist Guinevere Saenger believes in the integration of all forms of art, which is reflected in her body of performance work that includes improvisational harpsichord and piano for various forms of dance, involving a wide range of classical and contemporary chamber music, as well as Scottish Traditional music at folk festivals (most notably Northwest Folklife in Seattle). She has performed with ensembles such as the Calarts Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Allan Vogel, the New Century Players under Mark Menzies, and is a performing member of Music On Argyle, a New Music composer/performer collective based out of Hollywood, California. Saenger has presented solo and chamber music in venues up and down the West Coast; internationally in Rellingen, Germany; Weyregg, Austria; and most recently Victoria, British Columbia. Her teachers include Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Bernadene Blaha, and Vicki Ray; she has participated in master classes with Jörg Demus, Margo Garrett, and Ann Baltz, among others. Saenger holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and has served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Voice at Cornish College of the Arts for the last two years. When she needs to unwind, Saenger dances Scottish Country Dance, the elegant yet exuberant traditional ballroom dance of Scotland.