"The Forgotten Songs of Sergius Kagen"
A fascinating chapter of Lake George musical history comes to light at The Sembrich on Wednesday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm when mezzo-soprano Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn presents a lecture/recital entitled "The Forgotten Songs of Sergius Kagen." Tickets are $20. Members are admitted free-of-charge.
Sergius Kagen was a renowned teacher of voice and a gifted pianist who, during the 30's, played for Madame Sembrich's vocal instruction lessons, both at the Juilliard School in New York and at her lakeside studio in Bolton Landing. (It was at the studio that Kagen met his future wife, soprano Genevieve Greer.) Kagen was also a distinguished composer of art song and set poems by Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Langston Hughes and Walter de la Mare and many others.
"The program that I have created is a lecture recital on the life, career and compositions of Sergius Kagen," says mezzo-soprano Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn who serves on the faculty of Missouri State University where she teaches voice and directs the Opera Department. Joining Wilcox-Daehn for this program is pianist Elizabeth Avery, Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching at the University of Oklahoma.
"Not only does this program bring to light rarely-performed songs by a little-known composer," states Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo, "But it also illuminates Sembrich's important role as a mentor." According to Genevieve Greer, Kagen considered Sembrich his only true teacher. "Like so many others, the course of Kagen's life was genuinely affected by the influence of Madame Sembrich," adds Wargo.
This event is a part of The Sembrich's ongoing summer series, ON WINGS OF SONG. The Marriage of Music and Poetry, which explores the myriad of ways in which words and music are combined.
"I feel that Kagen's connection to Sembrich, the rarity of these songs and the power of the poetry makes this program an ideal fit for the ON WINGS OF SONG summer theme," states Wilcox-Daehn.
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