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Boston Art Song Society Presents a Celebration of Music by African American Composers
Guest baritone Emery Stephens and pianist Ann Schaefer will perform a recital of works by African American composers. This program will include an open forum discussion about African American experiences in classical music. Dr. Stephens’ Singing Down the Barriers project aims to empower and encourage singers, voice teachers, voice coaches, and researchers of all ethnicities to study and perform the historically rich vocal music of classically-trained African American composers.
Baritone Emery Stephens has appeared with the Michigan Philharmonic, Abridged Opera of Ontario, Arbor Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Ann Arbor Art Songfest, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Boston Opera Theatre, Janus 21 Chamber Ensemble, Longy Opera Theatre, Provincetown Concert Series, Prism Opera, Main Street Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Praised for his singing “with ringing suavity and articulate intelligence” by The Boston Phoenix, he was a soloist in a revival of Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice by the Detroit Jazz Festival with renowned pianist Jason Moran and his trio, The Bandwagon.
Pianist Ann Schaefer is the current artistic director of Boston Art Song Society. In demand as an orchestral keyboardist and chamber musician, she enjoys an active performing career in the Boston area and abroad. Schaefer is currently a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Schaefer’s mentors have included Javier Arrebola, Anne Epperson, Arnaldo Cohen, Peter Takács, and Marc Ryser. She has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, and at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Schaefer is an alumnus of both the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
As a young musician, Pierre-Nicolas Colombat’s gateway to more serious piano studies was through the music of Scott Joplin. Since then, he has continued his pianistic adventures studying in Chicago and Boston while his performances have taken him to France, Italy, Puerto Rico, and Canada. East Coast audiences regularly hear Colombat in his capacities as soloist as well as collaborator and he has performed in such venues as Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.
While his repertoire is largely centered on classical western art music, Colombat performs a variety of styles from Ragtime, cabaret, and silent film music to the avant-garde repertoire of today. At the invitation of pianist and conductor Stephen Drury, Colombat performed in the Boston Symphony’s Prelude Series concerts. His work with Drury lead Colombat to work directly with composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas, Timo Andres, and Julian Anderson. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. Colombat maintains an active teaching schedule, serves as staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory, and is currently completing his DMA at Boston University.