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Concert at The Interchurch Center – Songs of Love and Contemplation (and some cats… and goats…) – 17november2021, 12noon [In-Person Concert, then viewable online]

November 5, 2021

Songs of Love and Contemplation (and some cats… and goats…)

soprano  Lisa Daehlin
Sonja Thompson pianist

In-Person & Virtual Concert Series / Music at The Interchurch Center, NYC
475 Riverside Drive (@120th), New York City – free admission

Concert In-Person Wednesday, November 17th 2021, 12:05pm
viewable online soon thereafter on Interchurch Center’s Youtube Channel


Soprano LISA DAEHLIN has performed numerous operatic roles including Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), First Lady (Magic Flute) and the High Priestess (Aida). Maestro Richard Woitach cast her to sing the role of Wellgunde (Das Rhinegold), and as his soprano in the concert Woitach and Friends 3-1/2.

In New York City, Lisa performs frequently at St. Paul’s Chapel, Cornelia Street Café, and The Players Club. European concerts in Italy, Germany, and in Scandinavia as an invited singer for the International Edvard Grieg Society in Bergen, Norway. Recent programs include Raining of the Heart, December Songs, All About Eve, Songs of Renewal and the Spring, Move Into the Light, and Transcending Exotic: Embracing Familiar. Her concert repertoire focuses extensively on Norwegian, French and American Chanson, Cabaret and Art Song.

Though known for her rendition of “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” Lisa is no stranger to the cabaret stage, having performed incarnations of her show From Classical to Cabaret: The songs of Poulenc, Porter, Satie, and Weill in venues as varied as the underground club to the concert hall. She has sung Dorothy Parker songs in the Algonquin’s Oak Room. She has performed the music of Stefania de Kenessey at City Center and with the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater at Lincoln Center. The recording project for that company is now used in the performance repertoire. Lisa produced and directed OperaKnit Cabaret at Performance Space 122 (PS122, NYC), and her one-woman show Twisted Stitch: Songs of Love and Knitting was featured in the Classical to Jazz Festival at Cornelia Street Café (NYC), weaving together songs of Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Maury Yeston and a world premier cycle of songs by Stefania de Kenessey.

Recently awarded a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University, Lisa operates a private voice studio in New York City.

Pianist SONJA THOMPSON.  Minnesotan Sonja Thompson enjoys a varied career as a chamber, church and theater musician, conductor, vocal coach and educator, having received her formal education at the University of Minnesota and The Juilliard School.  She has spent decades improvising, collaborating and developing new works for the stage, forty years in Church Music (organist/choir master,) and twenty-seven years in higher education.

Performing credits include chamber music and Art Song as well as new music, Music Theater/Opera, and programs that mix genres and styles.  Notable collaborations include mezzo soprano Raehann Bryce Davis, bass Simon Estes, and Norwegian performers Tine Ting Helseth (trumpet), Marianne Hirsti (soprano) and Bodil Arnesen (soprano).  She has performed for the International Grieg Society in Bergen (Norway), the Oregon Festival of American Music (Eugene), the Victoria Bach Festival (TX), New Dramatists (NY), Florida Grand Opera, and live radio shows and cruises to Norway and the Caribbean with “A Prairie Home Companion”.  In the twin cities she has worked with the Schubert Club, Bridge Festival, Alexandria Festival of the Lakes, Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota, Source Song Festival, VocalEssence, The Lied Society, Frank Theater, Nautilus Music Theater, Theater Latte Da, Open Eye Figure Theater, History Theater, Opera 101 Theater Company (co-founder/Music Director, 1991-1996), Skylark Opera, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

Current and upcoming projects include a recording of piano music by David Evan Thomas; Longest Night: a Fantasia with Bradley Greenwald (Dec. ‘21/Open Eye Theater), Contes mystiques with Maria Jette (Dec. ‘21/Plymouth Congregational Church); La Boheme (Jan. ‘22/Theater Latte Da), and several new works of music theater for Nautilus Music Theater, MN History Theater, Theater Latte Da and others.


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