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The Songs of Gerald Finzi

The Songs of Gerald Finzi


開催時刻 2023年 08月 03日 (木) 開場 18:00 開始 18:30


Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

From “Before and After Summer”

    Childhood among the Ferns
    Overlooking the River
    Amabel (Featuring Ichinosuke Umekawa)
    He Abjures Love

From “Earth and Air and Rain”
    Summer Schemes
    When I set out for Lyonnesse
    Waiting Both
    To Lizbie Browne
    The Clock of the Years
    In a Churchyard
    Proud Songsters

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

From “Winterreise”
    Gute Nacht
    Der Lindenbaum
    Wasserflut (featuring Ichinosuke Umekawa)


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The Songs of Gerald Finzi

On the Poems of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
A Selection of Songs by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)


Performed by:
Marc Callahan, baritone
Keiko Sekino, piano

Ichinosuke Umekawa, dancer




As a director and designer, Marc Callahan received critical acclaim for his production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, saying it was “designed and directed with jaw-dropping invention,” and was awarded first prize for his productions of Kurt Weill’s Der Jasager and Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum from the National Opera Association as well honors from the American Prize’s Charles C. Reilly Director’s Prize. He has worked on productions at the Royal Opera House, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Holland Festival, Scottish Opera, Miami Music Festival, the New World Center, Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Théâtre du Capitole. Recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Albert Herring, Ordo Virtutum, The Marriage of Figaro, Cendrillon, The Blue Forest, Help, Help, the Globolinks!, Der Jasager, Lohengrin, Alcina, ATLAS, Die Walküre, Il sogno di Scipione, and L’incoronazione di Poppea (“…devising a brilliant production of remarkable dramatic intimacy.”).
As a singer, Callahan’s operatic career has taken him around the world, performing at houses such as: The Royal Opera House, Opera North (UK), Santa Fe Opera, Carolina Performing Arts, Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Théâtre du Capitole, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra Comique, Théâtre Royale de Versailles, and the Opéra de Marseille. His repertoire includes: Hannah Before (As One), Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), il Conte di Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Count Arnheim (The Bohemian Girl), Zar Peter (Zar und Zimmermann), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Ramiro (L’heure espagnole), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sid (Albert Herring), Frédéric (Lakmé), Escamillo (Carmen), Le Carnival (Le Carnival et la Folie), Artemidore (Armide), and Bobinet (La vie Parisienne). As a concert performer, he has sung Charpentier’s Leçons et Ténèbres with Les Arts Florissants, an evening of mélodie française with the London Song Festival, Haydn’s The Creation, Götterdämmerung with Midsummer Opera (London), a program of Henri Dutilleux mélodies (Radio France), Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5, and as bass soloist in The Tempest with Les Ombres and the Opéra de Marseille. He has recorded with Virgin Classics, FRA Musica, Passavant, Newport Classic, Editions d’Ambronay, Radio France, and has an upcoming recording of works by Gerald Finzi with Albany Records. Opera magazine has hailed him as “a powerful baritone, providing wickedly glamorous tone.”



Pianist Keiko Sekino has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, at such venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, and Meguro Persimmon Hall, and at festivals including Ravinia, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn in the United States and Kuhmo, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, and Pontino in Europe.
A frequent chamber musician, Keiko Sekino has collaborated with violinists Ana Chumachenko and MinJung Kang, soprano Awet Andemicael, and with members of Boston Symphony Orchestra, Enso Quartet, and Daedalus Quartet. Recent projects include performances of Schubert Winterreise with bass-baritone Marc Callahan and world premiere of the piano concerto Meloscuro (2018) by Matthew Ricketts. She has recorded for Delos label with cellist Emanuel Gruber.
Keiko Sekino completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and holds additional degrees from Yale University in economics and music. Among her teachers are Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald. She has also worked closely with Elisso Virsaladze, Claude Frank, Boris Berman, and Margo Garrett. Sekino currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Studies at the East Carolina University School of Music, and as Artistic Director of the East Carolina Piano Festival.



Upon graduating from Niigata University, Ichinosuke Umekawa began his career at the prestigious Tokyo Ballet Company in 2005. Among the many works Ichinosuke has performed, standouts include Maurice Béjart’s choreograph of the Bolero, Greek Dance, and classical works such as Giselle and Sleeping Beauty.
Following a period of success and acclaim at the Tokyo Ballet Company, Ichinosuke changed courses and undertook extensive training at the Kabuki Actor Training Division of the National Theatre of Japan in 2007. For three years, Ichinosuke immersed himself in the world and training of Kabuki acting.
It was during his tenure at The National Theatre of Japan that Ichinosuke had the opportunity to receive training from the famous and nationally renowned Mr. Tamasaburo Bando, a national treasure of Japan and specialist in the Kabuki method. Mr. Bando took Ichinosuke under his wing. It was under his tutelage and encouragement that Ichinosuke immersed himself in the style of “Buyoka”, a specialist in the Japanese traditional performance arts. It was during this period of apprenticeship that he adapted his current performing alias: Ichinosuke Umekawa.
Following this three-year period of training, Ichinosuke’s style evolved to include performances with mixed-genre music, including the blending of classical and modern music. Ichinosuke has regularly performed these innovative interpretations at shrines, temples, and museums across his homeland of Japan, and the world at large. Ichinosuke stature as a “Buyoka” has only grown.