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Vocal & Instrumental Poetry
SOU Music Recital Hall
Ashland, OR
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Vocal & Instrumental Poetry
Vocal and Instrumental Poetry is a brilliant expression of musical artistry featuring tenor Brian Thorsett, Michal Palzewicz on cello and violin and Martin Majkut on piano. Program includes music by Schubert, Monteverdi, Britten, Dubois, Scherperel, Conte, Clarke and Palzewicz.

Presale tickets available for $20 at the Music Coop in Ashland, online or at the door (as available) for $25. Admission is free for all children and students (with valid student ID).

Michal Palzewicz has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and ensemble player. He has performed to great acclaim at prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall in England.  Michal was the founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, which earned him the Saunderson Award at the 52nd Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and was the winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig.  Michal attended Warsaw Conservatory of Music in Poland and then The Manhattan School of Music where his quartet received full scholarships as well as artist-in-residence status. His teachers and mentors include the members of the Amadeus String Quartet, David Soyer, Michael Tree, Hugh Maguire, Robert Mann, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Isidore Cohen.

Michal has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the Juneau Symphony
Orchestra and the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, where he is currently the principal cellist. He has also performed in numerous productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Michal was thrilled to participate in Mary Zimmerman's production of The White Snake which originated at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival went on to tour the U.S. as well as China.

Michal performs classical cello-piano repertoire with pianist Chiharu Sai. In addition to the cello, Michal also plays viola da gamba, violin and electric cello in a new collaboration with percussionist Jason "Cedar" Miller.

Currently the Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon, Martin Majkut was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). He graduated from the State Conservatory in orchestral conducting and piano performance and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. Majkut's relationship with the Slovak Philharmonic opened doors for him to additional Slovak orchestras, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and the Slovak Sinfonietta, among others.

Majkut came to the University of Arizona as a Fulbright scholar in 2003. He earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate in conducting, in 2008, along with the Distinguished Graduate Student Award. While in Tucson, he served as the Resident Conductor of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera Studio Artist in Conducting. Dr. Majkut studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.  A noted pianist, Majkut finds his passion in frequent chamber music concertizing, especially with the Majkut Tutunov Piano Duo and with cellist Michal Palzewicz.

Hailed as a strikingly gifted tenor, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice, Brian Thorsett is excelling in opera, oratorio and recital across the world. Since taking to the operatic stage, he has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents.

As a concert singer Brian fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 250 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the US and Europe. Future engagements include Evangelist and soloist in Bachs St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass in B minor, Mass in G minor and several cantatas, Orff's Carmina Burana, Handels Messiah, Britten's War Requiem and Cantata Misericrodium, the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Haydns Creation, Bruckners Te Deum, Mendelssohn's Elijah, a rare performance of Blitzstein's Airborne Symphony and the world premiere of Stacey Garrop's Terra Nostra.

His voice has been featured in film and commercials, being the artist for Soundiron studio's Voice of Rapture: The Tenor. He also makes many concert appearances with SF Opera & Ballet Principal horn Kevin Rivard. He is a graduate of San Francisco Operas Merola Program, Glimmerglass Operas Young American Artist program, American Bach Soloists' Academy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, England and spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West. Brian is currently Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and previously served on faculty at Santa Clara University and University of California at Berkeley.


SOU Music Recital Hall (View)
405 S. Mountain Ave
Ashland, OR 97520
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Becky Brown
On BPT Since: Dec 02, 2015

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