3:00 PM15:00

World Premiere with the Delaware County Symphony Chamber Series

World Premiere of “The Wind” with the Delaware County Symphony Chamber Series

Katherine Skovira, voice
Robert Whalen, percussion/piano

Text by Dafydd Ap Gwilym

The Wind

Sky-wind, unhindered course,
mighty commotion passing yonder,
you are a harsh-sounding minstrel,
world's fool without foot or wing.
It's amazing how wondrously you were sent
from the pantry of the sky without any feet,
and how swiftly you run
now across the hilltop on high.

Constant hymn, tell me your destination,
you north wind of the valley.
You fly the length and breadth of the world,
hilltop weather, be on high tonight,
oh man, and go to Uwch Aeron
nice and gently, a clear song.
Don't wait, don't restrain yourself,
don't be afraid despite Bwa Bach,
[he who] serves a malicious accusatory complaint.
The land and its nurture is closed to me.

[One who] steals nests, though you winnow leaves
no one indicts you, you are not restrained
by any swift troop, nor officer's hand,
nor blue blade nor flood nor rain.
No mother's son can kill you (false expression),
fire won't burn you, deceit won't weaken you.
You won't drown, you've been forewarned,
you won't get entangled, you are smooth.
There's no need for any swift horse beneath you,
or bridge over estuary, nor boat.
No official or retinue will arrest you
to bring you to judgement, winnower of treetop foliage.
No eyesight can see you, huge open lair,
thousands hear you, nest of the great rain.

You are God's blessing over all the earth,
roaring, fierce shattering of oak tree tops,
swift-natured notary of the sky,
fine leaper over many barren lands.
Dry nature, powerful creature,
trampler of the sky, immense journey,
shooter on snowfields up above,
noisy disperser of chaff-heaps,
storm agitating the sea,
high-spirited lad on beach waves,
you are a fine author of an awdl who scatters snow,
you are a scatterer, a pursuer of leaves,
free laugher [on] hilltop,
thruster of the wild-masted white-breasted sea.

Woe is me that I placed deep love
on Morfudd, my golden girl.
A maiden made me an exile,
run on high to her father's house.
Knock on the door, make it open
to my messenger before daybreak,
and seek a way to her, if there be one,
and sing the voice of my sigh.
You come from the splendid stars,
say this to my noble faithful maid:
as long as I be in the world,
I am a true servant.
Woeful is my face without her,
if it is true that she is not untrue.
Go up on high, you will see the fair girl,
go down below, sky's favourite.
Go to fair-haired Morfudd Llwyd,
come back safely, you are the sky's treasure.

Translation by http://www.dafyddapgwilym.net.

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7:30 PM19:30

SoundLAB at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Barnes-Stokowski Festival

Katherine joins the forces of SoundLAB in its debut at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Barnes-Stokowski Festival to perform Augusta Read Thomas’s Plea for Peace.

Tickets are free and reservations are encouraged at www.tickets.philorch.org.

Read more about SoundLAB and its debut across five days of events www.soundlabensemble.org.

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7:00 PM19:00

Plea for Peace

Skovira joins the musicians of SoundLAB for a performance of Augusta Read Thomas's Plea for Peace at the Barnes-Stokowski Festival of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This performance, part of the Orchestra's festival celebrating the relationship and innovation of Dr. Albert Barnes and Maestro Leopold Stokowski in the arts, music and education, celebrates a five-day festival of contemporary music to include works by Xenakis, Haas, the American premiere by Zosha di Castri, and 11 Philadelphia premieres.

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7:00 PM19:00

Performance at the Free Library

Katherine Skovira and Anna Urrey perform works by Schoenberg, Debussy, Aperghis, Gubaidulina, Corigliano, and Rands, in part of a video documentary of the Free Library's upcoming new spaces and in a pop-up performance in the Music Department.

Monday, December 11
2-5 pm (exact time tba)
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

This pop-up performance is free and open to the public; the video recording in the stacks is a private event.

For more information, please visit http://www.freelibrary.org and read more here. Watch a video of the construction here.

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5:00 PM17:00

Rautavaara's Vigilia: Barnes Foundation Debut Choral Series

Debut of the Choral Concert Series Resounding Voices: "Vigilia" at the Barnes Foundation

Resounding Voices is a new free choral series showcasing vocal traditions from around the world on Sunday afternoons, alternating with the Solo Series. Guest Conductor Robert Whalen leads the talented Philadelphia Voices in this inaugural program featuring a complete performance of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s stunning Vigilia for a cappella choir. At once peaceful and awe-inspiring, Vigilia is a beautiful and apt beginning to the Resounding Voices Choral Series.

Katherine joins the Philadelphia Voices in Rautavaara’s Vigilia.

Sunday, February 26
3–4:15 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


For more information about this event, please visit www.barnesfoundation.org.

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3:00 PM15:00

Ravel's Mallarmé and the Academy of International Ballet

Katherine will sing Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé with chamber musicians of the Delaware County Symphony on a program featuring dancers of the Academy of International Ballet.

For more information and ticketing, please visit www.dcsmusic.org. To hear more about the event in discussion with the Director of Chamber Music and Associate Conductor of the Delaware County Symphony, please visit www.comcastnewsmakers.com.

Sunday, February 12
3–4:30 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

For more information about this event, please visit www.barnesfoundation.org.

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8:00 PM20:00

Barnes Foundation Debut Concert: "Fragments"

The Barnes Foundation launches its first concert series, the Solo Series, with its Debut Concert: "Fragments." Each Solo Series presents an unaccompanied instrumentalist or vocalist, allowing for intense focus on the artist.

This inaugural program features clarinetist Carol McGonnell, hailed as “extraordinary” by the New York Times, and noted contemporary music soprano Katherine Skovira. Moving between solo clarinet and singer and between spoken and sung text, the program meditates on silence, displacement, and alienation. With works by contemporary composers Georges Aperghis, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Bernard Rands, and poetry by E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Audre Lorde, and David Lehman's Mythologies, read by the poet himself, this performance also includes the world premiere of Robert Whalen’s i carry your heart for solo voice and the US premiere of Ann Cleare’s eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) for solo clarinet.

Friday, January 27
8-9:30 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

For more information and ticketing, please visit www.barnesfoundation.org

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7:00 PM19:00

Ives, Cage, and Kurtág: In Concert

In collaboration with the faculty and fellows of the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), Katherine performs at the New England Conservatory of Music's Brown Hall.

Charles Ives: Sunrise
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Yukiko Takagi, piano

György Kurtág: Einige Sätze aus den Südelbuchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs
Kiyoe Wellington, double bass

John Cage: The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
Mike Jones, percussion


Program Notes:

Here follow some “sentences” from the “scrapbooks” of Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs (1742-1799), German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile. Lichtenbergs is best remembered for his discovery of tree-like patterns created by electrical discharge and for his Sudelbüchern, which he modeled off of the tradition of English bookkeeping or scrapbooks from 1765 until his death in 1799. Hungarian composer György Kurtág (b. 1926) set selections from the volumes to music for voice and double bass in this dark yet playful fragmented composition. Kurtág’s Sätze are highly detailed and nuanced, and build on his earlier Kafka Fragments (1985-1987) for voice and violin and Jozéf-Attila Fragments for solo voice (1981). The humor in Sätze is like that of Kafka’s “A Little Fable”: dark, compelling, and horrifyingly true. Though Lichtenbergs’ bulk of texts offer no central philosophy, they do offer keen observations into human nature and the lighter and darker sides of existence, love, death, suffering and joy. - Katherine Skovira



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11:30 AM11:30

Bernard Rands: Memo 7 at the Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum showcases the unique collection of collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner and offers a unique space for performance series in addition to its beautiful collection, gardens and grounds. Here, Katherine presents Schoenberg's "Der kranke Mond", movement 7 of Pierrot lunaire, and Bernard Rands' Memo 7, based on a text by Emily Dickinson. 

Memo 7 is a tribute to the Sequenza series of Luciano Berio and to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, in a fragmentary and ultimately triumphant work adamant in its portrayal of one woman's ability to overcome abuse and violence.

Bind me — I still can sing —
Banish — my mandolin
Strikes true within —

Slay — and my Soul shall rise
Chanting to Paradise —
Still thine.

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7:30 PM19:30

Bernard Rands' Memo 7 at the Salon

The Salon, a renowned performance series modeled after the 19th Century European salons, was founded in September 1986 by composer Andrea Clearfield. The Salon was conceived with the idea of integrating different music genres as well as other arts. Here, Katherine presents Bernard Rands' Memo 7, based on a text by Emily Dickinson. 

Memo 7 is a tribute to the Sequenza series of Luciano Berio and to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, in a fragmentary and ultimately triumphant work adamant in its portrayal of one woman's ability to overcome abuse and violence.

Bind me — I still can sing —
Banish — my mandolin
Strikes true within —

Slay — and my Soul shall rise
Chanting to Paradise —
Still thine.

The Salon is a private event. For more information, please inquire via the Contact page.

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7:00 PM19:00

An Evening in Venice

  • Neumann University Meagher Theatre (map)
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By invitation following her work with the musicians of the Delaware County Symphony in Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Katherine returns to Neumann University to sing works by Rossini and Bellini in an "Evening in Venice", fundraiser for the University.

7:00pm Hor d'oeuvres
8:30pm Concert
9:30pm Dessert, Dancing and Champagne

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3:00 PM15:00

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Katherine Skovira joins the Delaware County Symphony for their Children's Concert, singing Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in the Meagher Theater at Neumann University's Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center. The program also includes selections from Adams' Hallelujah Junction, Reich's Clapping Music, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Bach's Cello Suite no. 1, and several works by Schubert.

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7:00 PM19:00

Songs Beyond Death

  • Westminster Choir College Williamson Hall (map)
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Katherine Skovira, mezzo-soprano
Kyle Adam Blair, piano

Centered around Lieberson's Neruda Songs, with works that explore questions of love and life beyond death, and the dark and light sides of sorrow and longing, including Schubert, Schoenberg, Babbitt, and Lieberson, as well as new premieres by Robert Whalen and Kyle Adam Blair!

The event is free and open to the public, including repertoire from Katherine's position as New Music Fellow under Lucy Shelton's guidance in Los Angeles.



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4:00 PM16:00

Celebration of LA Composers

An annual Celebration of LA Composers devised and coached by Kathleen Tagg. Works by Mark Carlson, Daniel Corral, John Frantzen, Sara Graef, Stephen Hartke, Vera Ivanova, Bryan Curt Kostors, Isaac Schanklar, and featuring the WORLD PREMIERE of the 2015 Sorel Organization American Song Commission by Anne LeBaron. As part of this exciting event, Katherine sings in the Colburn performance of Bryan Curt Kostors' Abandoned Hive. Mark Twarka conducts.

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7:30 PM19:30

Selections: Messiaen's Harawi

An evening of Contemporary Vocal Music featuring Messiaen's Harawi devised by Lucy Shelton. Messiaen's Harawi (Chant d'amour et de mort) is part of his trilogy of "three Tristans". As its subtitle suggests ("Song of Love and Death"), Harawi focuses on "a love that is fatal, irresistible, and which, as a rule, leads to death." Written in 1945, Harawi (for "dramatic soprano" and piano) was inspired by Béclard d'Harcourt's writings on Andean folklore and the Peruvian dialectical word "harawi" meaning "a love song in which the lover dies," as well as the composer's own suffering with his wife's prolonged mental illness that began in the years leading up to and during Harawi's composition. The twelve poems he wrote and set for pianist Yvonne Loriod, who would become his second wife, describe the painting L'Ile Invisible (Seeing is believing) by Sir Roland Penrose, which Messiaen considered a symbolic representation of the entire cycle. Messiaen's words from movement X offer a heartbreaking look in to Messiaen's inner dilemma:“…Your head inverted under the sky Your eye of star, tumbling chains, towards the stars …Far from the tableau my hands sing,Star, augmented silence of the sky. My hands, your eye, your neck, the sky” 

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7:30 PM19:30

Master Class on "Love after 1950"

This master class with Libby Larsen and Susanne Mentzer focuses on the composer's work Love after 1950. Written for mezzo-soprano Susan Mentzer and premiered in Chicago in 2000, this cycle draws from texts by "voraciously contemporary" women poets. In the words of the composer, "We wanted songs that are little real life-dramas which is exactly what the songs in Love After 1950 are...We also chose a deliberate progression in the poetry, from the adolescent mystery of a first kiss through an affair, break-up and reconciliation of sorts. This work, virtuosic in its performance and understanding of life, is no Frauen Liebe und Leben, rather Love After 1950 is the new-woman’s Frau, Love ‘em and Leave ‘em." Ms. Larsen and Ms. Mentzer coach Katherine Skovira and pianist Anna de Groot on "Empty Song." MovementsI. Boy's Lips II. Blond Men III. Big Sister Says, 1967 IV. The Empty Song V. I Make My Magic

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4:00 PM16:00

Recovered Voices with the OREL Foundation

SongFest announces a collaboration with The OREL Foundation to present SongFest fellows in a recital dedicated to composers whose music was suppressed during the Nazi Regime. The program will be developed in consultation with James Conlon and The Ziering-Conlon Initiative at The Colburn School. This music holds a special significance for Los Angeles as many of these composers, such as Hanns Eisler, Erich Korngold, Ernst Toch and Erich Zeisl, emigrated to the area and profoundly influenced Southern California's musical culture. Call the box office at 213-621-1050.

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9:30 AM09:30

Masterclass Series with Ann Murray

June 5 at 9:30am: The renowned mezzo-soprano Ann Murray coaches Katherine Skovira and pianist Hyuang Hyun Lee on Schubert's "Nacht und Träume", D. 827.


June 10 at 1:30pm: Ann Murray coaches Katherine Skovira and pianist Katelan Terrell on Handel's "Tu preparati a morire", Ariodante , "Sein wir wieder gut", Ariadne and Cherubino's arias this week in masterclass at the Colburn School’s Zhayer Hall.

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