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French and German Art Songs with Texas Bach Festival performers: June 17

Performers from the 2018 Texas Bach Festival will perform French and German art songs in the library at 2 p.m. on June 17 when Live Music at the Library features Meredith Ruduski, soprano, and Gil Zilkha, bass, accompanied by Rick Rowley, piano. Works slated for the program include Gabriel Faure’s La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61, Claude Debussy’s Fetes galantes pour Madame Vasnier, and Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op. 48.

Hailed by critics for her “radiant,” “mellifluous” soprano voice, Meredith Ruduski is a musician who often participates in classical, early, baroque, and modern musical genres. Meredith is a frequent participant with Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, Grammy-nominated True Concord, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Austin’s very own Texas Early Music Project. Occasionally, you may find her singing with Austin Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Austin Opera, La Follia Austin Baroque, and Ars Lyrica. Not one to be bound by genre, Meredith is an eclectic musician and artist. She was the librettist, co-writer and stage director the 2016 and 2015 TEMP Opera Pastiches and looks forward to the upcoming 2018 opera, which she is in the process of writing. A passionate advocate for musical performance and education, Meredith is Operations Coordinator for the Texas Early Music Project, where she engages in marketing, contracting, and administration for the ensemble. Meredith lives in the greater Austin area with her lovely and talented husband, Stephen, and their lovely and talented pets, kitties Lance, Wesley, and Sol.

Gil Zilkha, bass, has performed in a wide range of repertoire with such ensembles as the Texas Early Music Project, La Follia, Conspirare, the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, Vox Humana, and Spire Chamber Ensemble of Kansas City. Some of Gil’s favorite solo credits include Bach’s St John Passion and Ich habe genug, Durufle’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. His opera roles include Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin and Count Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Austin Opera. Gil received his Masters in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, studying with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Rose Taylor.

Rick Rowley, piano, has given concerts with many of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers and his solo and collaborative performances have taken him throughout the United States, to Europe and Latin America. He has recorded several solo CD’s, as well as chamber music and songs for voice and piano. His recording with flutist Marianne Gedigian, “Revolution,”was one of the first CD’s on the University of Texas Longhorn Label. In addition to his performing career, Mr. Rowley has been on the faculty of the Butler School of Music for the past twelve years. He coaches singers, works with collaborative pianists and has taught classes in a variety of subjects. He has also performed Beethoven’s “Choral” Fantasy and Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. His performance of Schumann’s C major Fantasy, Op. 17, won the Austin Critics’ Table award for Instrumentalist of the Year, and was named one of the 10 Best Performances of Music and Dance by the Austin Chronicle.

The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown. Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Come and go, or have a seat in the library and enjoy the concert.

More information about Texas Bach Festival’s upcoming July 5-8 concert schedule is available at texasbachfestival.org.