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Celebrate a unique Oktoberfest of famous song cycles and German toasts!
Schumann's sumptuous and enigmatic Dichterliebe (Poet's Love) headlines the evening with a moving tale of love lost foreternity. As a refreshing chaser, Strauss' Mädchenblumen (Maiden Flowers) is a strikingly more innocent perspective on romance. Then,lift your glass to traditional Trinklieder (drinking songs) and enjoy a beautiful evening among friends, old and new.
Natalie Cummings, soprano
Natalie Cummings appears frequently on stage and in recital around her home state, most recently performing with Alamo City Opera, Austin Opera, and Spotlight on Opera. She recently was the Soprano soloist with the TMEA High School All State Choir and the UTSA Symphony Orchestra. A Houston District winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for two consecutive years, she advanced to the 2014 Semi-Final Round and was honored to perform on the Metropolitan Opera Stage. Ms. Cummings graduated with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois with a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in Political Science. She spent a semester studying both music and government in Vienna, Austria. After finishing her Bachelor's degree, Ms. Cummings returned to her home state to complete her Master's of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Upcoming performances include performing the Soprano soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana and Poulenc's Gloria. She resides in Austin with her husband, Baritone Austin Bradley and their diva dog, Miss May.
Austin Bradley, baritone
Austin Bradley is excited to make his debut with A Room with a Few! As a frequent performer in recital, he was a young artist at SongFest in Malibu, CA and a participant at the Baldwin Wallace Art Song Festival and Stars in the Classics Recital Series in Cleveland, OH. Austin was a featured artist on the Steinway Recital Series in Waco, TX and sang Schumann's Dichterliebe on the inaugural Beerthoven Recital Series in Austin, TX. On the opera stage, he made his debut as Sciarrone (Tosca) with Austin Opera and has since performed in the chorus and principal roles at Austin Opera and Alamo City Opera. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Austin returned to his home state to complete his master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Performances in 2017 included a return to Alamo City Opera in Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight! and Pilate in Bach's St. John Passion with Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Graham Yates, piano
Graham Yates entertains audiences from the west coast to the third coast. Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, Graham hit the ground running in Texas in 2014. He performs for operas, choirs, churches, and – most importantly – house concerts that he hosts in West Lake and Wells Branch.
As a collaborative pianist, Graham gives concerts alongside his esteemed colleagues who are vocalists, string players or other instrumentalists. Their performances range from profoundly moving (such as Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel) to worthy of a stand-up comedy routine (his own Spam Songs). He can weave together a program that is traditional or contemporary and always entertaining, as in the words of one attendee: his concerts are “a truly magical experience that stay with you long after the concert is over."
Graham Yates holds a BA in piano performance from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, and a Master of Music with an emphasis in piano accompaniment from Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. He owns North Austin Piano Studio and teaches upwards of 30 students per week, ranging from age 4 to senior citizen. He is highly in demand as a pianist for professionals and students alike. He has judged regional and provincial competitions in his native British Columbia, and has recently booked tours in South Texas and Louisiana.
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