LIEDER ALIVE! is a San Francisco-based organization that was founded in 2007 to re-invigorate the teaching and performance of Lieder, a musical form that is generally described as 19th Century songs set to Romantic German poetry, with piano accompaniment. One of our core programs is our Vocal Master Workshop series, which brings outstanding master artists together with highly accomplished emerging and established professional singers for intensive training and performance. Past Workshops have been presented by Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, June Anderson, and most recently, the great Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård. LIEDER ALIVE! also presents an annual Liederabend Series—literally, “Evenings of Song”—at the Salle Music Salon. The 2013 series features performances by soprano Heidi Moss, mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, bass Kirk Eichelberger, violist Paul Yarbrough, and pianists Steven Bailey, George Fee, Bryan Baker, Simona Snitkovskaya, and John Parr; repertoire for the 2013 Series will include Lieder by Brahms, Busch, Loeffler, Mahler, Marx, Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Wagner, along with the World Premiere of two “Neue Lieder” by Bay Area composer Kurt Erickson.
Through its programming, LIEDER ALIVE! has developed many important partnerships. The Music Salon at Salle Pianos provides an intimate and elegant setting for our recitals and master classes. In January 2013, the organization was a co-sponsor of the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival, an intensive training program for young professional chamber musicians directed by the Alexander String Quartet, under the auspices of San Francisco State University’s Morrison Chamber Music Center. We now have a burgeoning partnership with the Goethe Institut, offering film screenings in their downtown venue featuring some of the great Lieder artists of history. LIEDER ALIVE! also collaborated with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco this year, with the presentation of a program of works by Schumann and Brahms for alto and viola featuring Ms. Scharich, Mr. Yarbrough, and pianist Roger Woodward at the German Residence.
Ours is the only organization of its kind in America that is so thoroughly devoted to the performance, training, and appreciation of German Lieder. LIEDER ALIVE! is dedicated to continuing to present outstanding master artists and exceptional singers and instrumentalists who share our unwavering commitment to keeping Lieder where it belongs—alive!