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A Recital featuring MIC Voice Faculty Lisa Griffith

Parlor Talk
Lisa Griffith, Mezzo-Soprano

Natasha Mah, Piano
October 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

 Lake Forest Place
1100 Pembridge Drive, Lake Forest

Featuring songs by:                                  
Bolcom, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Guastavino, Obradors & Manuel de Falla

Lisa Griffith, Mezzo-Soprano
Lisa Griffith, mezzo-soprano, is an active performer and teacher whose operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Carmen in Carmen; Constance Fletcher, The Mother Of Us All; Kate Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly; Baba The Turk, The Rakes Progress; Mrs. Herring, Albert Herring; Dido, Dido and Aeneas; and Rebecca in the Santa Fe Opera world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline.


Griffith was a young artist with Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Training Program, Santa Fe Opera, Apprentice Artist Program for Singers, International Institute of Vocal Arts, Chiari, Italy, and the Aspen School of Music, Opera Theater Center.

She currently teaches voice in Oak Brook, Elmhurst and at the Lake Forest Campus of the Music Institute of Chicago.  In addition, she is the director of early childhood Music Together programs in Oak Brook and Elmhurst.  She is a national song and skills workshop leader for the Center for Music and Young Children and has spoken at many conferences including the National NAEYC Convention and AEYC conventions.  She also served as music director with Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. 


Griffith holds a masters in Opera Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with veteran Metropolitan Opera star Mignon Dunn. She lives in Oak Brook, Illinois with her husband, Andrew, and their twin boys Cayden and Zachary.


Natasha Mah, Piano

A native of Riga, Latvia, collaborative pianist Natasha Mah is an active performer in the Chicago area, having been featured in numerous live broadcasts on WFMT 98.7 FM as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and the PianoForte Salon Series.  In recent seasons, she has given solo and chamber music recitals in Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C. and has collaborated with internationally renowned vocal artists Jane Bunnell, Sherrill Milnes and the late William Warfield.  Natasha received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Sylvia Wang and Alan Chow; she also studied accompanying with Elizabeth Buccheri and participated in master classes given by Malcolm Martineau and Krassimira Jordan. While at Northwestern, she was a winner of the school concerto competition and subsequently performed Lowell Liebermann's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NU Symphony Orchestra.  She has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Kankakee Valley and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestras and was a laureate of the 54th annual Wideman International Piano Competition.  Natasha has taught and accompanied at the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University; the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival & Institute in Oneonta, New York; and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.  In addition to her vocal studio and choral accompanying duties at DePaul University, she has served a term as a visiting lecturer at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.  Currently Natasha is the choral department accompanist at Lake Forest High School.

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