Mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger has been heard in concert and recital throughout the United States and England. She has sung at Alice Tully Hall, the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Wigmore Hall in London. Ms. Nessinger has appeared with the Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Jacksonville and London Symphonies; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has participated in the Santa Fe, Marlboro, Aspen, Ravinia, Skaneateles, Tannery Pond, Crested Butte, and New England Bach festivals, and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and the International Musicians' Seminar in England. Ms. Nessinger has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CRI, Mode, and Koch International.
Lee Hyla (b. 1955) writes a muscular music that is deeply rooted in classical practice, but also owes a lot to more roughhewn influences: to my ear, at least, the strongest is progressive/free jazz. In an interesting way, he’s found a way to do what many composers have attempted but failed at—to produce a genuinely American form of Expressionism, freed from the trappings of fin de siecle Vienna.