Meredith Arwady

Simon Pauly

On Friday, Aug 30 at 7:30 pm, the South Haven Performance Series will present a song recital by Meredith Arwady, the Kalamazoo-born contralto with an international career in opera. A graduate of Loy Norrix High School and Hope College, Arwady received further training at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia before launching her career in opera. 

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Arwady explains how she approaches a recital as an opportunity to perform a story she creates herself, rather than filling a pre-written role in an opera. She touches on several of the pieces and how they fit into the arch of the recital, and they discuss some recent and upcoming projects involving living composers writing specifically for her special vocal range, which she describes as "a high tenor" at this point.

Curtis Institute

The Liebeslieder Waltzes, or "Love Song Waltzes" by Johannes Brahms, were intended for gatherings of friends and family in an age when many people read music and played piano as a pastime, says Mikael Eliasen, Artistic Director of Curtis Opera Theatre at the Curtis Institute. These sung waltzes are at the heart of the Curtis On Tour program, which will bring four young singers to Kalamazoo to perform Friday, Feb 22 at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall in a Fontana series concert.

Eliasen and Cara Lieurance talk about his life training young singers at the Curtis Institute, and how he's enjoying Curtis On Tour, a newly-established program that brings together current students, alumni, and faculty to perform in concerts around the world.

Simon Pauly / Columbia Artists Management, Inc

The often-roving Grammy award-winning opera singer Meredith Arwady says she has over 80 reasons, in the form of family and friends, to keep her Kalamazoo roots strong. On Monday, December 11 at 7:30 pm, Arwady and a former Loy Norrix music teacher, Marie Kerstetter, will present a free (with goodwill offering) holiday concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In a preview with Cara Lieurance, they reminisce about Arwady's student days and share their love of holiday music, from Handel's Messiah to the Bing Crosby album White Christmas.

Ken Howard

Saturday at 1 pm on WMUK-1, listeners will hear the Kalamazoo-born contralto Meredith Arwady singing at the Metropolitan Opera in Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold.