Att. Please note the festival has been postponed until further notice due to the Covid 19 pandemic. A new date will be announced in the next weeks.
Sigrún López Jack and Elise Lawrence perform powerful selections from the French and Russian art song repertoire. This recital embodies the human ability to endure hardship and again return to a life renewed by growth and love for one another.
Sigrún López Jack, mezzo-soprano
Elise Lawrence, pianist
Chausson: Le colibri, Op. 2 no. 7
Debussy: Fêtes galantes I
Clair de lune
Dupark: Chanson triste
L’invitation au voyage
Ravel: Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Tchaikovsky: Amid the din of the ball
In the mysterious silence of the night
I wait for you
Sigrún López Jack is an Icelandic Mexican mezzo-soprano. She has had the privilege to sing with orchestras, on operatic stage, as well as art song recitals. She has always been intrigued by taking on challenging projects and interpreting different styles of music, and has recorded music for TV commercials, sacred music for Iceland’s national radio station, Icelandic hymns, and a number of art song pieces by American contemporary composers. Sigrún has always held art song very dear. Today she specializes in classical Russian vocal music and has a passion for introducing Russian art song to Icelandic audiences by performing songs by Russian composers in their original language and teaching young singers practical ways to learn Russian language pronunciation and performance style.
In recent years, Sigrún has studied with mezzo-soprano Alina Dubik in music schools in Iceland. In 2020, she obtained a Master’s degree in Classical Vocal Performance from USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, CA, where she studied with baritone Rod Gilfry.
American pianist Elise Lawrence maintains an active performing schedule, having appeared in recitals in the United States, Spain, Portugal, Austria and England. Elise began her musical studies at a very young age in her hometown of Missoula, MT, where she studied with Jean Alexander and Christopher Hahn. In Missoula she was a recurring guest artist for the annual Pianissimo! festival at the University of Montana and won numerous awards at MusicFest Northwest in Spokane, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Christopher Harding. While in Michigan she cultivated her passion for chamber music and song interpretation, taking part in a variety of projects spanning from duo recitals to symphony band concert performances. Her appreciation for collaboration led her to complete a master's degree in collaborative piano at the University of Southern California with renowned pianist and composer Dr. Alan Louis Smith. A lover of musical theatre, she worked as a pit musician for several productions in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was part of the music staff for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a Professional Fellow in their 2019 production of Company by Stephen Sondheim. In addition to performance, Elise also dedicates time to teaching the next generation of pianists both as a private teacher and as a teaching fellow with the Musical Mentors Collaborative online project. Currently, Elise resides in Oslo, Norway. This will be her debut recital in Iceland.
Seigla festival is made by the Icelandic Schumann Society and is sponsored by Ýlir tónlistarsjóður, Styrktarsjóður SUT og Ruthar Hermanns, Tónlistarsjóður Rannís, Barnamenningarsjóður and Menningarsjóður FÍH.
Students, senior citizens and members of the Schumann association enjoy discounted prices for events at Seigla. However, you must show confirmation of membership or a student id card.