In the framework of the Year of German-American Friendship: Wunderbar Together
, Goethe Pop Up Kansas City welcomes you together with our new partner, the Kansas City Public Library, to a free lunchtime concert at Kirk Hall.
Join us for a performance featuring Jayne Siemens, soprano, and Ellen Sommer, piano, showcasing works both from and inspired by German artists including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This assortment of musical arrangements will include German Cabaret and well-loved Broadway show tunes from Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender; Mignon Songs set by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Hugo Wolf; and arias from Charles Gounod’s opera Faust
and Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele
Photo: © New Vision Fotografie
Jayne Siemens, Soprano
Jayne discovered her singing voice at age five, which lead to enrollment at the Interlochen Academy of the Arts and a scholarship to the University of Michigan and a Master degree in opera from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
She has performed leading roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Six Characters in Search of an Author
, Don Pasquale
, I Pagliacci
, Die Fledermaus
, La Traviata
, and more. Jayne has sung with the Greater Miami Opera, English National Opera, Bern Switzerland Stadttheater, the South Bank Theater in London, and has performed with some of the most prestigious singers in the world of opera such as Placido Domingo and Samuel Ramey.
Photo: © Janis Porietis
Ellen Sommer, Piano
Ellen R. Sommer’s reputation as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and coach has led to extensive engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South Americas, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include a recital at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture in Malibu, California and a series of concerts and master classes in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Universidad de Costa Rica, and Casa de la musica in Quito, Ecuador.
Ellen can be heard on numerous professional recordings, including five under the auspices of Potenza Music, Parma, and Albany Records. She is a founding member of Allegresse, a trio for flute, oboe, and piano and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Chamber Music Grant. The trio’s performances have taken them throughout North America, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.