Mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley to sing Schubert, Berg, Webern with NIU’s Avalon String Quartet

Julia Bentley
Julia Bentley

Chicago mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley will join members of the Avalon String Quartet as they continue their 2010-11 season at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the NIU Music Building’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

The program includes Webern’s “Langsamer Sats,” Berg’s “Lyric Suite” and Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden.”

Since completing apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera, Bentley has appeared in leading operatic roles (Carmen, Rosina, Dorbella, Despina, and both Rossini and Massenet Cinderellas) from Anchorage to New York, and has been featured as a soloist with orchestras led by George Manahan, Raymond Leppard, Oliver Knussen, Robert Shaw and Pierre Boulez.

She performs in Chicago with Mostly Music, CUBE, the Contemporary Chamber Players, the Orion Ensemble, Pinotage, the New Budapest Orpheum Society, Ensemble Noamnesia, Fulcrum Point, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Opera Theater, Concertante di Chicago, the Newberry Consort, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera and the MusicNOW series at Symphony Center with conductor Cliff Colnot.

In 2001, she appeared to critical acclaim at Weill Hall with Pierre Boulez as the soloist in Le Marteau Sans Maître. She has recorded on the Albany, Cedille and Tintagel labels.

Recent engagements have included performances with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, the Sacramento Opera, the Dayton Opera and the Apollo Chorus as well as several chamber music series in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Bentley currently teaches voice at the Music Institute of Chicago.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Music Building  is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or via e-mail at lslater@niu.edu.

For those unable to attend, this concert will be live-streamed online.

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