12.13.16 / 12.14.16



Thomas Bagwell, piano / Gilda Lyons, voice

Collaborative pianist THOMAS BAGWELL -- described by Marilyn Horne as "a pioneer for his age" -- is known internationally for his song recital and chamber music performances, and his work as a conductor, teacher, and coach. In EPHEMERALS, Bagwell curates a program of contemporary solo piano works and collaborates with vocalist and new-music specialist GILDA LYONS in the performance of 21st century song.

THOMAS BAGWELL's career as a collaborative pianist has taken him to many of the major concert halls of the United States, Europe and Japan.  He is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera, and the Seattle Opera. Thomas Bagwell has partnered in recital Marilyn Horne, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, and Frederica Von Stade. Mr. Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed with violinists Midori and Miranda Cuckson. Thomas Bagwell curated several concert series'  at the Austrian Cultural Forum including the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, and surveys of Schubert, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky. Mr. Bagwell was the artistic director of the 20th anniversary performance of the AIDS Quilt Songbook in New York and Philadelphia. He teaches opera, Lieder and collaborative piano at the Mannes College of Music.

GILDA LYONS, composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. The premiere of A New Kind of Fallout—Lyons’ mainstage opera inspired by the life and work of Rachel Carson, commissioned by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh—was described as “powerfully effective” (Pittsburgh Stage Magazine), “haunting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and “spot-on at re-creating the atmosphere of the early '60s” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). Lyons’ music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer and Burning Sled.  An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen's Shining Brow (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes "Gilda Lyons's clear soprano compels admiration."  www.gildalyons.com


The Phoenix Concerts
Saint Matthew and St. Timothy
26 W 84, NYC
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00pm

in partnership with
Downtown Music at Grace
Grace Episcopal Church
33 Church Street, White Plains
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12:10pm