Cultural Confidential: The vintage taste of Art Song |

Cultural Confidential: The vintage taste of Art Song

Jeremy Herigstad
Cultural Confidential Contributor
Mezzo-Soprano Abigail Fischer.
Submitted photo |


WHAT: “Belle Époque: An Evening of Beautiful Song”

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chateau Room at the Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway in GJ

COST: $25 per ticket; it includes a glass of wine.


The Grand Junction Symphony will present “Belle Époque: An Evening of Beautiful Song” in the intimate Chateau Room at Grand Junction’s Two Rivers Winery on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The repertoire will include French, Spanish, and English art songs, along with cabaret songs and opera arias/duets.

The artists include soprano Camille Zamora, Mezzo-Soprano Abigail Fischer, and pianist Susan Ellinger.

Camille Zamora sings repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango, and in collaboration with artists ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting. She is also the founding director of the Sing for Hope charitable organization, which mobilizes performing artists in volunteer service to benefit communities in need and presents projects such as New York City’s Summertime Pop-Up Pianos.

Hailed as “riveting” by the New York Times, and “delicious” by Opera News, versatile mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer recently starred in Missy Mazzoli’s multi-media opera, “Song from the Uproar,” written for her and the NOW Ensemble and recently released on CD by New Amsterdam Records.

Pianist Susan Ellinger has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, The Caramoor Music Center in upstate New York, Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, The Tanglewood Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She currently resides in Paonia, Colo., where she programs a classical concert series at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

Art Songs have been composed in many languages and are known by several names — Lieder, Mélodie, and Canción. The performance of Art Songs in recital requires special skills for both the singer and pianist. The degree of intimacy is seldom equaled in other kinds of music and requires that the two performers communicate to the audience the most subtle and personal emotions, as expressed in poetry and music.

Art songs were generally written to be performed in intimate spaces, such as a palace ball room or a large living room. Most art-song recitals are now performed in the greatest recital halls at music schools and performing arts centers around the world.

The Chateau Room is the ideal place to hear this beautiful singing up close and personal, while enjoying a glass of wine. Each ticket includes a glass of wine provided by the winery.

Tickets are $25; they are available at the symphony office by calling 970-243-6787 or online at

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