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Sarah Wolfson concludes Roche Visiting Artists Series

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lyric soprano Sarah Wolfson concludes the 2014-15 season of Mercyhurst University’s Roche Visiting Artists Series with a recital on Monday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in the university’s Walker Recital Hall.

Accompanied by pianist Renate Rohlfing, she’ll perform selections from Aaron Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson and Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, along with works by Joaquin Turina, Kurt Weill and William Bolcom.

Wolfson will return to Walker Recital Hall at 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 28) to work with D’Angelo Department of Music students in a masterclass setting. Both the recital and the masterclass are free and open to the public.

First Prize Winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Wolfson possesses a remarkable ability to communicate with audiences on recital, orchestral, cabaret and operatic stages.

Wolfson recently made debuts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition) and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (as winner of The Juilliard School’s Vocal Arts Recital Debut).

She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees as a student of Cynthia Hoffman at The Juilliard School. She is featured on the PBS American Masters documentary The Juilliard Experience, and she received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music, the highest award given to a Juilliard graduate student. She is currently studying in New York with Edith Bers and teaching vocal performance at Columbia University.

As a member of Sing for Hope, a non-profit organization founded by opera singers that links artists and charities, she has worked closely with Bent on Learning, which brings yoga and meditation to underserved students in New York City Public Schools.

Renate Rohlfing is one of her generation’s most versatile and accomplished collaborative pianists. Equally comfortable in instrumental and vocal music, she has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues throughout North America, Asia and Europe, including the Ravinia Festival, Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris, Musiekgebouw, Carnegie Hall, and the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where she recently accompanied soprano Anna Netrebko in a gala performance.

Also active as an orchestral pianist, vocal coach and piano teacher, she retains an extensive private studio in New York City.

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Mercyhurst music professor Dr. Albert Glinsky founded the Visiting Artists Series in 1988 to introduce local audiences to a unique mix of acclaimed traditional soloists and chamber ensembles, along with specialized performers in areas of contemporary music, jazz, Renaissance, Baroque and world music. Last season, the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Family endowed the series, ensuring that these outstanding performances can be offered to the community at no cost.

For more information, contact Albert Glinsky at or call 824-2394.