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Out of Silence
with Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Ryan McCullough


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This unique performance features soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon (“…dazzling, virtuoso singing.” Boston Globe) and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough. These musical and life partners deliver a timely recital titled Out of Silence: Music of Clara Schumann, William Grant Still and Adela Maddison.

The LIVE! from The Stissing Center! series is curated by Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou.

Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Ryan MacEnvoy McCullough have performed throughout North America and Europe since 2006, bringing an intimacy to their performances that speaks to their many years of collaboration. The husband-and-wife duo recently released a new album with Albany Records (Descent/Return, featuring works by two American composers: John Harbison and James Primosch). During the pandemic, the couple has been making recordings from their living room in Kingston, NY, when not gardening or taking daily walks around the Hudson Valley.


The Program

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Sechs Lieder, Op. 13 (1844)
I. Ich stand in dunklen Träumen (1819-1896)
II. Sie liebten sich beide
III. Liebeszauber
IV. Der Mond kommt still gegangen
V. Ich hab’ in deinem Auge
VI. Die stille Lotosblume

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Selections from Seven Traceries (1940)
I. Cloud Cradles (1895-1978)
IV. Out of the Silence

Three Visions: A Suite for Solo Piano (1936)
I. Dark Horsemen
II. Summerland
III. Radiant Pinnacle

Adela Maddison (1862-1929)

Cinq mélodies (ca. 1904)
I. L’Armada (1862-1929)
II. Vespérale
III. La Bien-aimée
IV. Soir en mer
V. Mon amour était mort

Florence Price (1887-1953)

Night (1946)

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The Interview


The Artists

Lucy Fitz Gibbon (soprano)

Noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe), Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a dynamic musician who believes that creating new works and recreating those lost in centuries past makes room for the multiplicity and diversity of voices integral to classical music’s future. As such, she has given modern premieres of lost works from the Baroque to the mid-20th century, and has premiered works by composers John Harbison, Pauline Oliveros, and Reena Esmail, among many others.

As a recitalist Ms. Fitz Gibbon has appeared in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Park Avenue Armory, and Merkin Hall; London’s Wigmore Hall; and Toronto’s Koerner Hall. She has also appeared as soloist with numerous symphonies, including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and American Symphony Orchestra. Her discography includes two CDs with Albany Records (works by Harbison, James Primsoch, and Sheila Silver) and a forthcoming one on the Polish label Acte Préalable.

Ms. Fitz Gibbon has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center (2014-2015) and Marlboro Music Festival (2016-2019). She is currently Director of the Vocal Program at Cornell University and on the faculty of Bard CollegeConservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. For more information, see www.LucyFitzGibbon.com.



Ryan McCullough (piano)

Born in Boston and raised behind the “Redwood Curtain” of northern California, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a variegated career as soloist, vocal and instrumental collaborator, composer, recording artist, and pedagogue. Ryan’s music-making encompasses work with historical keyboards, electroacoustic tools and instruments, and close collaborations with some of today’s foremost composers. His longstanding collaborative (and life) partnership with soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon has yielded a substantial crop of new art song repertoire, as well as his work in contemporary ensemble HereNowHear, a commissioning project with pianist Andrew Zhou which was 2017 recipient of a Fromm Foundation commissioning award.

Ryan’s growing discography features many world premiere recordings, including solo piano works of Milosz Magin (Acte Prealable), Andrew McPherson (Secrets of Antikythera, Innova), John Liberatore (Line Drawings, Albany), Nicholas Vines (Hipster Zombies from Mars, Navona), art song and solo piano music of John Harbison and James Primosch with Ms. Fitz Gibbon (Descent/Return, Albany), and forthcoming albums of art song by Sheila Silver (Albany, also with Ms. Fitz Gibbon) and electroacoustic music by Christopher Stark (New Focus).

Ryan has been featured as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony, and has appeared at major festivals and concert halls around the world. He holds degrees in music from Humboldt State University, the Colburn Conservatory, the University of Southern California, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and Cornell University. He currently lives in Kingston, NY, and is a collaborative piano fellow in the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

For additional information and curios, visit www.RyanMMcCullough.com.


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