Join us Sunday, October 15, at 2:00 PM for an afternoon performance by mezzo soprano Joelle Lachance and pianist Érico Freire Bezerra.
A Voice at Play will feature music by Ravel, Schoenburg, Haydn, and Moore.
This performance is free and open to all.
Joelle Lachance, Mezzo Soprano
Heralded as a “thrilling, powerful voice with a melting pianissimo” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Joelle was the winner in the Fingerlakes NATS 2022 competition, a finalist in the 2018 Barn Opera Vocal Competition, and a winner of the 2012 Rising Stars Competition at Nazareth College. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in New York Lyric Opera’s Night of Music in November 2019. Her concert repertoire includes solos in Schubert’s Mass in A- Flat Major, Handel’s Messiah, and the Missa Luba. Masterclasses include programs with Susan Ashbaker, David Aronson, Julianna Gondek, and Laura Brooks Rice. Joelle attends the Eastman School of Music where she is studying with Katherine Ciesinski. Most recently, she performed in the ensembles of Candide and Roméo et Juliette with the Glimmerglass Festival in 2023.
Érico Freire Bezerra, Pianist
Brazilian pianist Érico Freire Bezerra is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University in Brazil and his Master’s degree from Illinois State University. Érico participated in many music festivals since entering the Eastman School of Music, including the 2022 Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Music On Site, Inc. in 2022 where he served as Music Director for the opera Suor Angelica. This summer, he attended the 2023 Aspen Music Festival and School as a fellow in the Vocal Collaboration program. Since 2015, he has served as a staff collaborative pianist at UFRGS in Porto Alegre/Brazil. Érico is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and currently holds Graduate Assistantships in Studio Accompanying and Orchestral Keyboard at the Eastman School of Music.