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Musique du Jour Presents! Mozart à la Mode: Friedman, Rumph, & Westcott perform Mozart

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$15-$25

Tamara Friedman, fortepiano
Stephen Rumph, operatic tenor
Courtney Westcott, flute

Mozart – Fugue in G minor, K. 401
Mozart – Allemande in C minor KV 399
Mozart – Gigue in G major, K. 574
Mozart – Sonata in F major for flute and fortepiano, K. 13 (1764)
Mozart – Ferrando’s Aria, “Un aura amorosa,” from Cosi fan tutte, K. 588
Mozart – Variations on “Salve tu Domine” from Giovanni Paisiello’s opera I filosofi immaginarii, K. 398
Mozart – Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Mozart – Sonata in D major, K. 311
Mozart – Tamino’s Aria, “Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton,” from The Magic Flute
Mozart – Monostato’s Aria, “Alles fuhlt der Liebe Freuden,” from The Magic Flute

The musicians
Pianist Tamara Friedman, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances, attended the Oberlin Conservatory and received her master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music. She has collaborated with such artists as Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schröder, and Max van Egmond, and appears with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock as Duo Amadeus. In the Pacific Northwest she has performed on the Seattle Camerata, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, Belle Arte, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and Mostly Nordic series and for the Governors Chamber Music Festival. She has been the featured performer in early piano workshops for Pacific Lutheran University and the Western Early Keyboard Association and maintains a private studio in Seattle, where she teaches modern piano and fortepiano on her collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, which is on display at SEKM! the Seattle Early Keyboard Museum. Tamara spends her summers in Bath, Maine, where she also has a group of historic pianos and performs on the Kennebec Early Music Festival.

Tenor Stephen Rumph has established himself as a leading tenor in opera, oratorio, and concert. The Tacoma News Tribune has called his singing soaringly beautiful, unspeakably tender as Puccini should be. The San Francisco Classical Voice wrote that his incisive, well-controlled tenor was joined to lovely legato phrasing, and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he launched into the vocal stratosphere fearlessly, with excellent results. A Bay Area native, Stephen has performed with regional opera companies through the San Francisco area in such roles as Rodolfo, Tamino, Alfred, Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Duca (Rigoletto), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Ramiro (La Cenerentola), and Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri). He made his Seattle Symphony debut in Bach’s Cantata 171 and returned to sing Beethovens Ninth Symphony and Uematsu’s Distant Worlds.

Recent operatic credits include Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Don José (Carmen), and Tamino (The Magic Flute) with Skagit Opera, Rodolfo and Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld) with Tacoma Opera, Alfred (Die Fledermaus), David (Die Meistersinger), and Loge (The Legend of the Ring) with Berkeley Opera, and Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with Whitman College. Last season Mr. Rumph sang Beethoven’s Ninth with the Spokane Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Northwest Sinfonietta, and Handel’s Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony and Bellevue Philharmonic. Other concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiem with the Walla Walla Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Northwest Mahler Festival, Haydn’s The Creation, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Tacoma Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Lake Chelan Bach Fest, and Beethoven’s Mass in C with both Orchestra Seattle and the Kirkland Choral Society.

Stephen is a member of the music history faculty at the University of Washington.

Courtney Westcott has performed as a soloist or principal flute with many of North America’s Baroque orchestras, including Seattle Baroque, NYS Baroque, and Tafelmusik. Her playing has been described as “…an ear-opening experience… such lightness and clarity” (Ithaca Journal). A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, she has studied with Robert Willoughby, Barthold Kuijken, and Frans Vester. She has recorded for CBC, NPR, and the Wildboar, Focus, and Loft labels. With flute maker Peter Noy she collaborates on the research and development of flutes based on 18th- and 19th-century originals.

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