Will Liverman, baritone and Jonathan King, piano
Russia Cast Adrift
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Will Liverman, baritone
Jonathan King, piano
Baritone Will Liverman and pianist Jonathan King perform a recital honoring late Russian operatic superstar, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, at The Baroque Room, who passed away on November 22, 2017 at age 55 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Their tribute program includes Schubert’s An Die Leier, Die Mutter Erde, and Totengräbers Heimweh; Poulenc’s Quatre Poemes De Guillaume Apollinaire; Frederick Keel’s Three Salt Water Ballads; hymns God Is A God and Ride On King Jesus; and Georgi Sviridov’s song cycle, Russia Cast Adrift. Mr. Liverman reminisces, “Dmitri Hvorostovsky was the sole singer who really got me hooked on opera. I heard him for the first time in high school and was completely blown away. I proceeded to listen to every recording I could find of his after that. I wish I had the opportunity to meet him, but I know that his artistry and legacy will live on and I’m thankful for the many performances that he left behind.”
FRANZ SCHUBERT An die Leier
FRANZ SCHUBERT Die Mutter Erde
FRANZ SCHUBERT Totengräbers Heimweh
FRANCIS POULENC Quatre Poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire
FREDERICK KEEL Three Salt Water Ballads
HYMN (ARR. WENDELL WHALUM) God is a God
HYMN (ARR. HALL JOHNSON) Ride on King Jesus
GEORGI SVIRIDOV Russia Cast Adrift
Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and Opera News for his “noble sound and bearing,” baritone Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the world.
This season, Liverman performs the leading role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in return engagements with the Seattle Opera and Kentucky Opera and performs the role of Tommy McIntyre in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Fellow Travelers for its Lyric Unlimited initiative, in addition to the role of Papageno in The Florentine Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. He is additionally featured as Porgy in a concert version of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and as the baritone soloist in both Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle Symphony and in Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony. Recent highlights include performances as Dizzy Gillespie in the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with Opera Philadelphia and English National Opera, his role debut as Marcello in La bohème with Portland Opera; debuts with Seattle Opera in Le Comte Ory (Raimbaud), Atlanta Opera in The Pirates of Penzance (Sam), and with Dallas Opera, Madison Opera, Utah Opera, and Virginia Opera; returns to Wheaton College, Madison Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Wolf Trap Opera; the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate (Andrew Hanley) at Minnesota Opera; and soloist engagements with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and with the New York Festival of Song.
Liverman is a recent recipient of a George London Award, a winner of the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, and a recipient of a Gerda Lissner Charitable Fund Award, in addition to being a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Previously, he was a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival. He holds his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College. Visit www.willliverman.com for more information.
Jonathan King, an active pianist and conductor based in Annapolis, MD, currently serves as Upper School Choral Music Program Director at Annapolis Area Christian School, where he directs and oversees six choral ensembles. In 2013, he was assistant conductor to the UMS Choral Union, a Grammy® award-winning ensemble that regularly collaborates with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and he has helped prepare choirs for eminent conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas Cleobury, and Philip Brunell. He has assisted conductor John Nelson in several performances with the Chicago Bach Project, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, IN.
A versatile pianist, King has been a member of several award-winning chamber ensembles and has soloed with orchestras in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and New York. He served as a rehearsal pianist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago during their 2014-15 season, and in 2013 he was a featured pianist at the University of Michigan’s Collage concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Hill Auditorium. As a collaborative pianist, King has worked closely with celebrated singers including soprano Abigail Santos Villalobos, and baritone Will Liverman,
with whom he was a semi-finalist in the 2015 and 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition in London. King and Liverman have recorded with Deutsche Grammophon and Skillman Music.
King completed two Master of Music degrees—in piano chamber music and choral conducting—at the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of the Edward P. Frolich and Brehm Fellowship awards. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Wheaton College (IL), where he studied with Daniel Paul Horn. Other mentors include Jerry Blackstone, Martin Katz, and Julius Drake.