Music on Thursdays
2014 Season Sponsor:
Patricia Morgan Optician
Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Russian urban folk song, arr N Ivanov
text by Ivan Kozlov
“Vecherniy zvon” (Evening bells)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Night of stars and night of love!
(Barcarolle) from “ Tales of Hoffmann”
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
O mio babbino caro (Father, my Little Darling)
from “Gianni Schicchi”
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
Una voce poco fa (There`s a voice within my heart)
from “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
- Piano solo -
Träumerei (Dreaming) (1838)
from Kinderszenen - Scenes from Childhood
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
O mio Fernando!( O my Fernando!)
from “ La Favorita”
Bert Kaempfert (1923-1980)
Strangers in the night
Aleksandras Kačanauskas (1882-1959)
Vai gražu (How delightful) text: Faustas Kirša
Robert Stolz (1880-1975)
Waltzing in the clouds
Spring time in Amsterdam
Rialto Lounge will be selling sandwiches and drinks in the church after the concert.
Richard Price started learning piano at an early age and passed his Grade 8 examination at 16. Although he works as a chartered electrical engineer by profession for National Grid, music has always been a large part of Richard's life. He enjoys playing piano, more recently organ, and also singing in a number of choirs. He has always enjoyed accompanying and has accompanied his local choral society and other groups and soloists on a number of occasions at rehearsals, recitals, services and concerts.
In 2009, he accompanied a come and sing performance of the Mozart Requiem with over 150 singers in Ashtead, and more recently accompanied Edita in her solo recital at St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Leatherhead in May 2012, and for the Reigate and Redhill Music Competition.
Mezzo-soprano Edita Zurauskaite-Durrant was born in Lithuania where she studied music and singing at the Lithuanian Academy Of Music and Theatre. As a member of the Kavnas Opera company she performed roles including Marcellina (Fidelio), Gianetta (L’Élisir d’Amore), Amina (La Traviata) and Maddalena (Rigoletto). Performances in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Ireland and Britain have included recitals, oratorios, as well as solos in many religious services. She has performed the Mozart Requiem, Cherubini’s Requiem and much of the traditional oratorio repertoire.
Edita was vocal coach for a festival chorus in Lithuania whose appearances included the Choir Music Festival in Limburg (Germany) in 1993, Stuttgart (1994) and the Cork Choral Festival (Ireland) in 1995.
From 1995 to 1998 Edita undertook voice training under the tutelage of Piero Mattei (London) and Aldona Vilcci (USA).
In 1997 Edita gave a lunchtime recital in the parish church of St Olave, Hart Street, in the City of London and in the same year she sang a concert in Bristol Cathedral. She was awarded first prize at the North London Music Festival in 1998.
Edita relaunched her singing career earlier this year by giving a well-received concert in Leatherhead Parish Church and is again winning festival prizes. In September 2012 she gave a well-received recital in Dorset with Royal Opera stalwarts baritone Piero Mattei and accompanist Elaine Korman, and in October of that year gave a solo concert in the Music on Thursdays series.
Concert at Home
Here are links to other performances of some of the works in Edita's concert: