Tenor Robert Strauss and Pianist Linda Boianova will present a concert of solo piano and vocal selections on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will consist of solo piano music by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, and Christopher Bailey, as well as songs and arias by Donaudy, Britten, and Mozart. There will also be vocal selections from the Broadway musical Chess, Falsettos, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The duo hold appointments at Nazareth College in Pittsford, New York where they have collaborated as stage and music director of productions of Dido & Ã†neas, Trial by Jury, and the New York State premiere of the Benton Hess opera Felice.
Ms. Boianova is an accomplished solo pianist and vocal coach, having commissioned and premiered works by American, Bulgarian, and Chinese composers. She is a recipient of following: a grant from the Landow Doctoral Fund, an opera coaching assistantship from the Eastman Opera Theatre; a scholarship from the Mozarteum Academy, the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music; as well as fellowships to the International Piano Academy in Hammatsu, Japan, the Art Song Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Quartet Program at Bucknell University. She was a finalist of the East and West Artists International Auditions for a New York Debut and has performed with the Adirondack Chamber Ensemble, at Bucknell University, Weimar, Germany, and throughout Switzerland, Ukraine, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, and the Northeastern United States.
Mr. Strauss, a native of Western New York, recently performed Rossini's Messa di Gloria in the composer's hometown of Pesaro, Italy. On stage, the tenor has performed such divergent roles as Tony (West Side Story), Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd), Daniel Buchanan (Street Scene) Tamino (Die ZauberflÃ¶te), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Nemorino (L'Elisir d'Amore), Prologue/Peter Quint (Turn of the Screw), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), and Jack Point (The Yeomen of the Guard). Some of his favorite oratorio performances include the Mozart and Pinkham Requiems, Messiah, Christmas Oratorio (Bach and Saint-SaÃ«ns), The Christmas Story (ShÃ¼tz) and Bending Toward the Light: A Jazz Nativity (Anne Phillips). In addition to his responsibilities at Nazareth College, he also serves as a private voice teacher at Genesee Community College.