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Requiem Æternam

Date and Time

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm


Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101


RequiemGabriel Fauré
Viola Concerto in bGeorge Frideric Handel
RequiemAlois Bohuslav Storch

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A choral spectacular featuring two Requiem settings, plus a viola concerto with guest soloist Aloysia Friedmann. Featuring Cantaré Vocal Ensemble and The Liberty Singers.


Aloysia Friedmann, viola

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Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest, Aloysia Friedmann is firmly established as a major influence in the American chamber music scene. In recognition of this fact, Chamber Music America invited Ms. Friedmann to their national Board in 2016.

Ms. Friedmann’s broad ranging career has included national and international tours, performances with New York’s most prestigious musical ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and a special onstage role on Broadway alongside Dustin Hoffman in The Merchant of Venice. While in New York, Ms. Friedmann worked with artists including Astor Piazzolla, Mirella Freni, Jessye Norman, Frederica von Stade, John Adams, Charles Mackerras, André Previn and Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as Elton John and Metallica. The New York Times praised her “fiery spirit” after her Carnegie Recital Hall debut.

Aloysia Friedman has performed as guest artist in the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, Florida’s Amelia Island Festival, Colorado’s Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, Napa Valley’s Music in the Vineyards, Ottawa’s International Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Her chamber music colleagues have included Abbey Simon, Gervase de Peyer, Peter Schickele, Chee-Yun, Gary Hoffman, Jeffrey Kahane, William Preucil, Lucy Shelton, the Miró Quartet, Cho-Liang Lin and Lynn Harrell.

The past few summers included performances at the Maui Chamber Music Festival, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, North Carolina’s Highlands-Cashiers Festival and ChamberFest 2016 at the Green Music Center in Sonoma, CA.

Chamber Music America recognized Aloysia Friedmann’s artistic leadership with its 2008 CMAcclaim. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Chamber Music Houston. Ms. Friedmann is featured as both performer and producer on several festival recordings, and has produced recordings for violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

In Houston, Ms. Friedmann is Associate Concertmaster for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and performs with the Houston Grand Opera. Highlights of concerts in Houston include her solo viola performance of Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel in the Rothko Chapel in addition to performances with Da Camera, Context, and many chamber concerts at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She has taught as an Affiliate Artist of Viola and Violin at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

Aloysia Friedmann plays on a Grancino violin and the ex-Rebecca Clarke Grancino viola. Ms. Friedmann graduated from The Juilliard School and also studied at the University of Washington with Emanuel Zetlin. Aloysia is the proud daughter of violinist Martin Friedmann and oboist Laila Storch. She is married to concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker and they have a daughter, Sophie. (

Cantaré Vocal Ensemble
Mark Adrian, Artistic Director

Photograph of Mark AdrianNow in its 17th year, Cantaré Vocal Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Mark Adrian, has secured its place as one of Seattle’s finest choral organizations. Providing audiences with tried-and-true choral favorites while introducing contemporary compositions and lesser-known works, Cantaré’s programming emphasis is on 20th and 21st century composers, while also affirming and including the masters from all periods. The ensemble continually delights in presenting the “lighter” side of serious music as well, incorporating clever and sometimes humorous lyrics and subject matter into its performances.

Mark earned his BA in Music from the University of Washington, studying with renowned conductors Abraham Kaplan, Geoffrey Boers, Rodney Eichenberger, James Savage, Joan Conlon, and Peter Erös. He has since gone on to complete graduate coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, specializing in choral conducting.

Involved in the Greater Seattle choral community since 1981, Mr. Adrian founded Northwest Associated Arts, a family of children and adult choruses in the Burien area. For 21 years he conducted Choral Sounds Northwest, the first of NWAA’s performing groups. Then in 2000 he originated Cantaré Vocal Ensemble in north Seattle.

Equally at home in everything from Broadway musicals to the most contemporary choral compositions, Mark has twice served as guest conductor of the Bainbridge Chorale, as interim Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Women’s Ensemble, and is the Artistic Director/Conductor of Colla Voce Seattle. He has led many music programs at churches throughout Seattle and is currently Director of Music at St. Catherine of Siena in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of north Seattle.

Since 2003, Mr. Adrian has led many area ensembles at Benaroya Hall, conducting such masterworks as Carmina Burana, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Seattle Bach Choir, Master Chorus Eastside, Choral Arts, Bainbridge Chorale, Cascadian Chorale, Vashon Island Chorale, Everett Chorale, Rainier Chorale, Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Kirkland Choral Society, Sacred Music Chorale, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, and many other local and international artists.

Photograph of Cantaré Vocal EnsembleMany churches, schools and area conductors seek Mr. Adrian’s expertise as a choral clinician and coach, and he frequently adjudicates at music competitions and festivals. He is a published composer and arranger with many of his works having been performed locally. Among the organizations in which he is active are the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Conductor’s Guild, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Midsummer Musical Retreat, and the American Guild of Organists.

The Liberty Singers
Liberty High School
Robin Wood, Choral Director

Photograph of the Liberty SingersThe Liberty Singers, Liberty High School’s advanced mixed choir, is an auditioned ensemble comprised of 9th through 12th grade singers. These students enjoy taking their message of the positive power of beautiful music throughout the Puget Sound and beyond! Recently back in the Seattle area from a Southern California performance tour, they have also concertized in New York and in the "Emerald City Sings" Festival at Seattle’s own St. James Cathedral. With bimonthly school concerts, community outreach, regional competitions, a Northwest performance tour, and the spring musical as well, these enthusiastic singers form the backbone of our award winning vocal music program. The Liberty Singers are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in Seattle’s premiere concert hall, with the artists of Cantaré and the Sammamish Symphony, under Mr. Stern’s baton. They would like to wish everyone a joyful autumn filled with love, laughter and song!

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