Pianist Victoria Kirsch will be joined by fellow USC instrumental and vocal alumni in a program of works inspired by clouds, fog, smoke, absence, loss and death. In addition to pieces with piano and soloist(s), solo instrumental and vocal pieces will be performed in various locations throughout the galleries. Special attention will also be given to the genre of vocalise (songs without words). Composers to include Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Olivier Messiaen and Ottorino Respighi, in addition to miscellaneous songs whose texts reflect themes from the exhibition.
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence presents works by twelve diverse artists, younger as well as established, from seven countries on three continents, attesting to the breadth of interest in the ideas and issues raised by this exhibition. The artists who created works in this exhibition use forms of representation in the tradition of the spectacles of magic and fantasy produced by the phantasmagoria impresarios, but reframe them around contemporary issues.
Victoria Kirsch is a popular teaching artist for LA Opera’s Education and Community Programs Department, participating in Opera for Educators and LA Opera 90012 programs, in addition to ongoing exhibit-based musical presentations at local museums. An active recitalist, she collaborates frequently with other USC alumni. She is the pianist and music director of the Los Angeles-based Operetta Foundation, which presents staged concerts of rare operetta gems, and she performs on numerous chamber music series, including Sundays Live at LACMA, Grand Performances at California Plaza, Jacaranda in Santa Monica and the Brand Library Music Series in Glendale. She served on the vocal faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1987-1992, playing in the studio of renowned baritone and master teacher Martial Singher.