7 p.m. - Fynette Kulas Music Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center
Featuring Jesse Blumberg, baritone, and Martin Katz, piano.

Guest Artist Recital: Jesse Blumberg and Martin Katz

March 31, 2023
7:00 PM

Fynette Kulas Music Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center

Featuring Jesse Blumberg, baritone, and Martin Katz, piano.

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About the Guest Artists

Baritone Jesse Blumberg enjoys a busy schedule of opera, concerts, and recitals, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries.

His recital highlights include appearances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and New York Festival of Song, and performances of "Die schöne Müllerin" and "Winterreise" with pianist Martin Katz.

Jesse has given the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon’s "Green Sneakers," Lisa Bielawa’s "The Lay of the Love and Death," Conrad Cummings’ "Positions 1956," and Tom Cipullo’s "Excelsior," and works closely with several other renowned composers as a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble.

Martin Katz has been dubbed “the gold standard of accompanists” by The New York Times. His 45-year career has taken him to 5 continents, collaborating with the world’s most celebrated singers in recital and recording. Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, David Daniels, Karita Mattila, and Jose Carreras are among his regular partners, and he has recorded for RCA, CBS, BMG, EMI and Decca labels.

Katz is also active as a conductor and editor. He has led opera productions for San Francisco’s Merola program, the BBC, Tokyo’s NHK, as well as innumerable performances in Ann Arbor. His editions of baroque and bel canto operas have been performed in Houston, Ottawa, and at the Metropolitan Opera. At U-M for more than 3 decades, he has chaired the program in collaborative piano and coached vocal repertoire for singers and pianists alike. His students are working all over the world.

Now an author too, Mr. Katz’s first opus, "The Complete Collaborator," has been published by Oxford University Press.