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An Afternoon of
Songs & Arias


October 19, 2014

3:00 PM at
Robinson Terrace Living Center
28652 Hwy 23, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Photo of Soprano Kasia Borowiec.

Kasia Borowiec

Photo of Tenor Brian Michael Moore.

Brian Michael Moore, Tenor

Photo of Baritone Nickoli Strommer.

Nickoli Strommer

Photo of pianist Thomas Muraco.

Thomas Muraco

These artists were introduced to us, once again, by our friend and mentor cellist Wolfram Koessel through his colleague at the Manhattan School of Music, pianist, vocalist and conductor Thomas Muraco. Mr. Muraco recently had multiple back surgeries so the information about this concert is understandably a bit late in appearing here, but with a true dedication to his art “The show will go on” with Tom Muraco at the Steinway.

Kasia Borowiec, soprano and Nickoli Strommer, baritone have earned their Masters Degrees from the School, while tenor Brian Michael Moore is a Senior this year. Each of these young vocalists has extensive experience in performances around the country and in some cases internationally, with commendations in the press and through competitions and recordings.

Thomas Muraco has been lauded by the press both for his skill as an accompanist and for his leadership and interpretive skill as a conductor. The lengthy list of his collaborations reads as a “Who's Who” of the opera and classical music worlds. In addition to his busy performing and recording schedules he teaches both at the Manhattan School of Music and in master classes for pianists and singers elsewhere, with a focus on the “unique relationship of poetry and music in all aspects of the vocal repertoire, bringing to bear his extensive knowledge of languages...” including French, Italian, German and Portuguese. He also serves as a judge in competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and each October as jury chairman of the annual international vocal competition “De Vive Voix” in Vivonne, France.

Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire series of events possible.


October 19, 2014

An Afternoon of Songs & Arias

Kasia Borowiec, soprano
Brian Michael Moore, tenor
Nickoli Strommer, baritone
Thomas Muraco, piano

Poems of Emily Dickinson

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)



Nature, the gentlest mother
There came a wind like a bugle
Why do they shut me out of Heaven
The world feels dusty
Heart, We will forget him
Dear March, come in


Ms. Borowiec and Mr. Muraco


From Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Récit et Duo, Au fond du Temple saint.

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)


Messrs Moore, Strommer and Muraco


From Carmen
Duo, Parle-moi de ma mère

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)


Ms. Borowiec and Messrs Moore and Muraco

Cabaret songs

William Bolcom, b. 1938


Black Max



From Die Csárdásfürstin
Heut' Nacht hab'ich geträumt von dir

Emmerich Kalman (1882-1953)


Messrs Moore and Muraco


From I Puritani
Or dove fuggo io mai, Ah, per sempre

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)


Messrs Strommer and Muraco


From La Traviata
Lunge da lei, Dei miei bollenti spiriti

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


Messrs Moore and Muraco


From La Traviata
Duo, Madimigella Valerie

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


Ms. Borowiec and Messrs Strommer and Muraco

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