I have tried to take a personal interest in following performances by soprano Madison Emery Smith, since her Graduate Recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music was the very first event I reviewe d for nextooze.com. Sadly (for me, not her), most of her appearances have taken place outside San Francisco. Therefore, I am happy to report that there will be two opportunities to hear her imaginative approach to repertoire in the near future.
The first will be this Sunday, April 1, in the Chamber Music Series at the Legion of Honor. These concerts are presented in partnership with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Classical Revolution. The program will consist entirely of music being performed in Victorian England. The featured composers will be Felix Mendelssohn and Paolo Tosti. Smith will be substituting for the originally-scheduled soprano, Indre Viskontas, and will perform a collection of songs said to be personal favorites of Queen Victoria. She will be accompanied by string performers from Classical Revolution.
The second appearance will take place under the auspices of Opera on Tap. This is a non-profit organization whose mission is to break down any of the more elitist stereotypes of opera by bringing it to bars. Opera on Tap has a monthly residency at Cafe Royal, which is where Smith will be performing on April 21. Her selections will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s seasonally-appropriate K. 580, “Schon lacht der holde Frühling” (beautiful spring laughs sweetly), as well as performances with clarinet accompaniment.
Both of these events tend to be more casual than the usual concert appearances. The Legion of Honor is located at 100 34th Avenue in Lincoln Park. The concert will take place in Gallery 10 from noon to 2 PM and is free for those who have paid for admission to the museum. However, seating is limited and will be first come, first served. Further information may be found on the event page on the Legion of Honor Web site. The address for Cafe Royale is 800 Post Street, at the corner of Leavenworth Street. The singing begins at 7:30 PM and continues according to the mutual pleasure of both performers and audience. The only charge is for refreshments, although Opera on Tap maintains a Web site for donations to support their cause.