Erika Baikoff

  • Upper Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Change of programme

Message from Dr Robert Taub
The programme on Saturday 19th March with soprano Erika Baikoff and the Marmen Quartet performing string quartets by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern had been planned for more than a year. However, and most unfortunately, the Marmen Quartet has just had to withdraw from their performance; one of their members had become ill with Covid-19 and, as they all had been rehearsing in close proximity of one another, it is likely that others would test positive as well.
Since soprano Erika Baikoff had already arrived from New York, she and I discussed how to proceed and came up with an exciting and expressive alternative programme. She collaborated on Saturday 19th with a wonderful pianist who brought us us a moving and dramatic programme of songs by diverse composers. At such a late stage it was not possible to include works of Expressionist composers, but the programme did include songs of Joseph Marx who composed during the time of Expressionism, as well as songs of the Romantic era and early 20th century. Erika came to us from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, and her pianist collaborator on this occasion was Kunal Lahiry, a current BBC New Generation Artist. 
The new programme included songs by Schubert, Mendelsson, Strauss, Marx, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.

New programme

Date: Saturday 19 March 2022
Time: 19:00–21:30 (pre-concert talk 19:00. performance 19:30)
Venue: Upper Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth
A Programme of Song
Suleika (Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen)
Das Rosenband
Die Nacht
Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten
Selige Nacht 
- Interval -
Forget so soon
Had I only known Op.47 no.1
Cradle song Op.16 no.1
At the ball Op.38. no.3
Why? Op.6 no.5
Six Songs, Op.38
dedicated by the composer to the Ukrainian soprano Nina Koshetz
In my garden at night
To her
Pied Piper
The Artists
We are grateful to the evening’s artists Erika Baikoff and Kunal Lahiry for their cooperation in bringing this programme to us after learning only several days in advance about the cancellation (owing to Covid19) by the Marmen Quartet.
Erika Baikoff, soprano
Erika came to us from New York, where she is a current member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has performed major operatic roles with Lyon National Opera and was featured as soloist in Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Lyon National Opera Orchestra, directed by Maestro Daniele Rustioni. Additional recent appearances include performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chautauqua Voice Institute, Songfest, and Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. Erika is the winner of several prestigious international competitions and career grants. 
A graduate of Princeton University, she also holds a Masters Degree from The Guildhall School of Music in London. Erika appears by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme. In June 2021 Erika was the leading soprano in Some Call It Home, the multi-media music drama at TRP as a joint production with The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth.
Kunal Lahiry, pianist
Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry is a current BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the 2021 Bechstein Foundation scholarship. Recent performance highlights include at the Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Pierre Boulez Saal, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Room, Musée d’Orsay, and Ludwigsburg Festival. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Icelandic National Public Radio RÁS1, Austrian Radio Ö1, and RBB Kultur, and was featured twice on ARTE’s ‘Hope@Home’ and ‘Europe@Home’ series hosted by violinist Daniel Hope. This season includes appearances at Stoller Hall, Bristol St. George’s, Aldeburgh Festival, Opera Holland Park, Cheltenham Music Festival, Harpa Concert Hall, Schubertíada Vilabertran, Hugo Wolf Academy, Heidelberg Neulied Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, and more.
Kunal has commissioned and premiered works by Nico Muhly, Errollyn Wallen, Nahre Sol, Heloise Werner, Pablo Campos, Molly Joyce, and many others. He joined the first Song Studio mentored by Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall, was invited by Thomas Hampson to participate in the Heidelberg Lied Academy, and received the Sam Hutchings prize at Malcolm Martineau’s Oxenfoord international Summer School.

Cancelled programme

Webern Langsamer Satz for String Quartet Marmen Quartet
Schönberg String Quartet no.2 Marmen Quartet
Erika Baikoff, soprano
Berg String Quartet Marmen Quartet
Marmen Quartet:
Johannes Marmen, Laia Valentin Braun, violins
Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola
Sinéad O’Halloran, cello
Erika Baikoff, soprano
This concert is a rare opportunity to hear pivotal works from the mainstays of Expressionism, the Second Viennese School composers of Schönberg, Webern and Berg. The three string quartets of this programme are each in a slightly different style. The hyper-Romantic Webern contrasts with the tonally more adventurous – and later – Berg quartet, which in turn differs substantively from the narrative Schönberg work. This is the only quartet for which Schönberg included soprano, creating yet another different musical texture.
We are excited that the Marmen Quartet is adventurous enough to include these three special works in one programme, as we requested. We are also delighted that soprano Erika Baikoff, who starred in Some Call It Home at Theatre Royal Plymouth, is able to take time from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to join us for this special concert.
This concert is part of The Arts Institute festival, Expressionism: Emotions Unchained.
Our festival offered a unique integration of pivotal music, visual art, and film of this energetic and vibrant artistic era of unbounded influence. we hosted four extraordinary evenings with world-leading artists.
Date: Saturday 19 March 2022
Time: 19:00–21:30 (pre-concert talk 19:00. performance 19:30)
Venue: Upper Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth
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Expressionism: Emotions Unchained 

Expressionism is one of the most intense and influential movements in art. Its defining characteristic is the artistic interpretation of the emotions that arise from experiencing daily realities, rather than a portrayal of the realities themselves.
Our festival Expressionism: Emotions Unchained offered a unique integration of pivotal music, visual art, and film of this energetic and vibrant artistic era of unbounded influence. We hosted four extraordinary evenings with world-leading artists.

<p>Expressionism: Emotions Unchained, Illustration by BA (Hons) Illustration student Milly Gowan<br></p>
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