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Ben Wager, bass-baritone and Jeffrey Miller, piano

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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“A hugely compelling vocal and theatrical presence” (Philadelphia Inquirer), 2009 Academy of Vocal Arts graduate Ben Wager makes his PCMS debut with a program highlighted by Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel. Written between 1901 and 1904, this work represents Vaughan Williams’s first major foray into song writing. Drawn from a volume of Robert Louis Stevenson poems of the same name, the cycle offers a rather different take on the idea of the wayfarer cycle. Stevenson’s world-weary yet resolute traveler shows neither the naiveté of Schubert’s miller in Die schöne Müllerin nor the destructive impulses of the heroes of Schubert’s Winterreise and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel

Five Serenades
Tchaikovsky: Don Juan's Serenade
Schubert: Ständchen
Mozart: Deh, vieni alla finestra [from Don Giovanni]
Gounod: Vous qui faites l'endormie [from Faust]
Mussorgsky: Serenade [from Songs and Dances of Death]

Lehmann: In a Persian Garden [Sel.]

Fauré: Les Berceaux

Brahms: Verrat

Brahms: Von ewige Liebe

Strauss: Zueignung

Jeffrey Miller, piano

Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller is a December 1974 graduate of West Chester University with a double major in piano and voice, and it was during his freshman year at WCU under the guidance of Stella Conaway that he chose to specialize in accompanying.  It was a natural decision prompted by the fact that he had been accompanying.

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Ben Wager, bass-baritone

Ben Wager is a 2009 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where his roles included: Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Enrico in Anna Bolena, the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino. Mr. Wager performed the role of Colline in La bohème with PORTOpera during summer 2013. His 2013-2014.

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American Philosophical Society

Address: Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Concerts at the American Philosophical SocietyBenjamin Franklin Hall is a 375 seat auditorium offering plaza level and balcony seating.  All concerts at this venue are general admission seating.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. There are many historic elements to the building.  Designed in the Italianate style, it features a visually striking white marble façade and an impressive collection of paintings.…more info