For the eleventh consecutive year, music students from the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance will perform in Washington, D.C. as part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. This semi-annual event, presented by the Centene Charitable Foundation, is designed to present the best young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theatre, opera, and more from our nation's leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges, and universities.
The Conservatory Project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation's exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers. All performances are free to the public.
"There is no greater thrill for performers than being invited onto one of the world's great stages, and this uniquely inspirational event provides the highest level of professional experience for these young artists," said Dean Christopher Kendall. "It cultivates a passion for excellence and a commitment to sharing their artistry with the world. We are honored to be a part of this important event."
SMTD's Conservatory Project performances will take place on Thursday, February 19 beginning at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live from the Kennedy Center website. The performers include:
- Daniel Fendrick, bassoon, accompanied by César Cañón Riveros on piano performing Tamplini's Capriccio su motivi dell' Opera L'Elisir d'Amore di Donizetti;
- Janel Speelman, soprano, also accompanied by Riveros, singing Handel's "V'adoro pupille" from Giulio Cersare, and Obrador's Canciones Clasicas Espagnol;
- The Evita String Quartet (Hyo Rim Han, violin; Haerim Lee, violin; Yi-Chun Lin, viola; Soojung Kim, cello) performing the first movement of Brahms's String Quartet No. 2;
- Sonya Schumann, piano, performing Stravisnky's Firebird Suite, arranged by Guido Agosti.
U-M is one of only 15 schools invited to perform at the prestigious event which also welcomes students from The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Cleveland Institute, among others. Performances from past years are available to watch on demand on the Kennedy Center's website, including SMTD's all-Gershwin concert from 2014.