Perchance to Dream Spotlights International Singer & Vocal Coach Christina Ascher Performing Works Written and Arranged for Her Voice

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Internationally renowned opera and concert singer and vocal coach Christina Ascher will perform six works written or arranged for her voice in Perchance to Dream on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street in Manhattan. She will be accompanied by cellist John Patrick Popham. The program explores dichotomous states of perception and spaces between dreams and reality and includes three world premieres.

The response of 'my' composers to the idea of a program dealing with nebulous realms between dream and reality has been a delight

Internationally renowned opera and concert singer and vocal coach Christina Ascher will perform six works written or arranged for her voice in Perchance to Dream on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street in Manhattan. She will be accompanied by cellist John Patrick Popham.

The program explores dichotomous states of perception and spaces between dreams and reality and includes three world premieres.

"The response of 'my' composers to the idea of a program dealing with nebulous realms between dream and reality has been a delight," said Ascher. "Their mind-expanding music and sensitive treatment of poetry will take us on fantasy flights of the imagination."

Selections include the world premiere of No Orpheus by Mohammed Fairouz as well as the world premiere of new version of Neruda Songs by Alice Shields. Other composers represented will include Viera Janárceková (Der Geheimnissvolle Nachen), Michael Oesterle (Marginal Way), Joseph Pehrson (Phone) and Julia Werntz (To You Strangers).

Contralto Christina Ascher is a dedicated and uncompromising interpreter of modern music and modern musical theatre. She is an opera and concert singer with over 40 years of credits both in the United States and in Europe. She has taught individually and in master classes for over 30 years and currently offers private vocal instruction in Upper Manhattan.

She is founder of Voice Studio Christina Ascher, where she provides personalized instruction to singers (beginners and professionals), helping them to build flexible voices and creative vitality that will flourish over an artistic lifetime. Knowing every singer is unique and no single method works for everyone, Ascher evaluates each student and creates an individualized plan -- a toolbox for the independent singer.

Ascher studied at the Oberlin Conservatory School of Music (B. Mus.) and the Juilliard Music School (M.S.) and was the recipient of a Kathryn Rudd Grant from the Metropolitan Opera.

Modern composers esteem her vast skills -- thorough, intelligent musicianship; an unusually flexible, versatile voice; a feeling for text and drama; a total personal identification in performance; and an ability to think creatively. Ascher's extraordinary talents have been the inspiration for new works by top modern composers. Six of those works are included in Perchance to Dream.

Cellist John Patrick Popham is a chamber musician and active performer of contemporary music. He has performed with Ensemble Pampelmousse, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, TACTUS Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Grenzenlos, The New Music Collective and ECCE. He has worked with such composers as Pierre Boulez, Steven Mackey, Reiko Fueting, Fabien Levy, Tristan Murail, and Steve Reich. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music.

Tickets for the concert are $20; $10 for seniors and students. All ticket sales will be at the door the night of the performance.

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