The Swedish Piano Scholar 2011 pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes and the Jenny Lind Scholar 2011 soprano Rebecca Rasmussen performed at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, June 28.
IT WAS A fabulous performance by the Jenny Lind Scholar 2011, Swedish soprano Rebecca Rasmussen, and the Swedish Piano Scholar 2011, pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes, on Tuesday evening, June 29, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The title of the concert was “Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception.” The concert is a yearly event in the nation’s capital. Jenny Lind was the 19th century world-renowned Swedish singer who toured the U.S. to much acclaim. The scholarships honoring her are awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the People’s Parks and Community center in Stockholm.
REBECCA Rasmussen grew up outside Stockholm and studied at Ingesunds Music School, the Stockholm Opera studio and the University College of Opera in Stockholm. She completed her studies last spring with an opera performance at the Swedish Royal Opera, where she sang the role of Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades.”
Susan Casey, Executive Director of the Committee of Enlightened People who Support Opera; Pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes; Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen; and Anna Marie J. Musterman, a member of the Board of Trustees, Annapolis Opera Company
DANIEL Hormazabal Cortes has studied piano since the age of 12. This year he is finishing his undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has played several concerts in Sweden and abroad. Last year he won a joint scholarship with the Swedish soprano Magdalena Risberg. He also has a passion for music from the Americas and he plays in several Latin American ensembles.
Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen
THE SWEDISH Royal Academy of Music awarded Mr. Hormazabal Cortes the accompaniment scholarship, which includes being the accompanist of this year’s winner of the Jenny Lind scholarship, Rebecca Rasmussen, on her U.S. tour.
THE EVENING’S music program included, among other pieces, work by Edvard Grieg, Wilhelm Stenhammar and Jean Sibelius, as well as Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert with transcription by Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn and Charles Gounod. Mr. Hormazabal Cortes performed beautifully two piano solos – Fantasie in b-moll opus 11, number 1 by Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar and “Auf dem Wasser zu singen” by Franz Schubert with transcription by Franz Liszt – and Ms. Rasmussen did extraordinary in the final piece, Marguerite’s jewel song in “Faust” by Charles Gounod.
THE DELICIOUS reception, following the concert, was courtesy of SWEA DC (Swedish Women’s Educational Association, www.swea.org).
Rebecca Rasmussen after the performance