Guest Academy blogger: Elise Figa (Daily Festival log, July 16)

Rehearsal for Bach’s BWV 97 no. 8. Left to right: J. Adam Young (violoncello), Elise Figa (soprano), David Dickey and Joel Verkaik (oboes). They will perform the work on Wednesday, July 16

Rehearsal for Bach’s BWV 97 no. 8. Left to right: J. Adam Young (violoncello), Elise Figa (soprano), David Dickey and Joel Verkaik (oboes). They will perform the work on Wednesday, July 16

Since my impressions of the Festival & Academy have dominated these daily missives, I thought it would be fun to temporarily pass the reins to one of our outrageously talented Academy participants, Elise Figa for a new perspective. Take it away, Elise:

“After a full week at ABS, I was ecstatic to perform with my new colleagues at the first Academy in Action concert last night (Monday July 14). The energy in the hall was rich with supportive friends from the program, local early music enthusiasts and our very own ABS faculty. It was especially lovely to see the faculty sitting together and smiling at the success of their students. I also enjoyed our “Social Media” symposium last week and have taken the advice of ABS Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter and have jump started my Twitter account with pictures and updates from the festival. Follow me @elisesoprano if you use Twitter!



“This is my first year being a part of The Academy. As a vocalist who has participated in several other Early Music summer festivals and workshops, I truly believe in the mission of ABS and its dedication to both historically informed and high level performance through education and respect for the talents of young musicians. I have been nothing but impressed with the amount of care and dedication shown by Mr. Thomas and the entire faculty and staff at the American Bach Soloists Academy. I cannot wait to continue with my coachings, lessons, rehearsals and performances this week.”

—Elise Figa, soprano

Soprano Elise Figa and mezzo-soprano Janna Elesia Critz enjoy an ice cream from Smitten Ice Cream near the Conservatory on Tuesday

Soprano Elise Figa and mezzo-soprano Janna Elesia Critz enjoy an ice cream from Smitten Ice Cream near the Conservatory on Tuesday

Another fine night of chamber music was performed by members of the 2014 Academy at last night’s Academy-in-Action concert. The program opened with a major work: Bach’s Concerto in C Major for 3 Harpsichords. The three parts were performed by Patrick Parker, Bryan Anderson, and John Steven Yeh. This was followed by three arias by J.S. Bach performed by countertenor Daniel Cromeenes and tenor Corey Shotwell, flutists Mara Winter and Joshua Romatowski, and continuo by Michael Kaufman (violoncello) and Kyle Collins (harpsichord). Works by Fasch, Telemann, Scarlatti, Janitsch, and Young filled out another impressive program which concluded with Philipp Heinrich Erlebach’s Ouverture V in F Major, a large work that required 24 Academy participants on stage together!

There is only one more chance to hear the outstanding members of the ABS Academy perform these fascinating chamber music programs: tonight’s 8:00 pm Academy-In-Action concert. Don’t miss it!

Continue reading, Day 10.