Soprano Arisa Kusumi performs with pianist Robert Merfeld and the Harvard String Quartet on Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College. On the concert program is a selection of songs by Franz Joseph Haydn, Gabriel Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson, Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Fernando Obradors’ Five Classical Spanish Songs.
Kusumi, who “irresistibly [draws] our gaze with her beauty, charming voice and vivacious spirit,” according to the South Carolina Free Times, is a familiar voice to Marlboro Music Festival fans. She has performed extensively throughout the United States, Germany and Sweden. She was voted Favorite Singer by Germany’s Freie Presse for a performance with the Chemnitz Opera. Kusumi’s concert repertoire includes performances at the Winter Park Bach Festival and the Villecroze Festival. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the Eastman School of Music.
Merfeld, currently a faculty member of piano and chamber music at Harvard and Boston Universities and the Longy School of Music, has performed in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He has recorded on the Centaur and Sine Que Non record labels. Merfeld has performed in the Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor and Marlboro Music Festivals, as well as at Lincoln Center and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He earned his M.M. from the Julliard School of Music and his B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory. This will be his only local appearance this spring.
The Harvard String Quartet is an elite group of talented Harvard College students: violinists Meghan Sherlock and Christine Ahn, violist Sarah Fine and cellist Ethan Gray, of Putney. They will join Kusumi and Merfeld for Fauré’s rapturous song cycle, celebrated for its rare theme of requited love.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.