Soprano Beverly Escuder and pianist Carol Wallace will headline an evening of song in the second concert of the Big Bend Chamber Music fall season at 6 pm on Friday, Oct. 3 at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine. The program includes songs by 20th century American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, 19th century Venezuelan-French composer Reynaldo Hahn, and 20th century American composer Ned Rorem.
Escuder recently moved to Alpine from Chicago. An avid performer, she is equally at home on the opera stage and in a concert setting. She has been a soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Mozart’s Mass in c minor, among others. As a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Escuder was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Wallace is well known to Big Bend audiences as a pianist and educator. She has played solo recitals, with orchestras and chamber music with musicians from the United States, South America and Europe.
Big Bend Chamber Music was founded in the spring of 2014 as a way to bring together musicians in the Big Bend area, encourage them to form musical ensembles for both the pleasure of playing and for public performance. Concerts will be held at St. James Alpine as well as other venues throughout the Tri-county area.
All concerts at St. James are free and open to the public and include a reception with the artists following the performance. St. James is located at N. 6th St. and Avenue A in Alpine.