This special Wednesday edition of the Saturday Soundtrack features our own Andrew Bearden Brown as part of the concert series Music at Emmanuel in the program Dream & Escape. Featuring works by Samuel Barber, Mozart, and Gerald Finzi, the program was inspired by the vivid and strange dreams many of us were experiencing at the beginning of the lockdown. Christian Lane is the pianist, and the concert was beautifully edited by Max Kuzmyak. The recital was taped in lovely Emmanuel Episcopal Church in downtown Baltimore and premiered earlier this evening.
We, of course, know and love Andrew as our son. But we have also been thrilled to watch and support his professional singing career over these past twenty years. Having a chance to attend the taping of the concert last month was just the latest highlight in our two decades of marveling at his talent and dedication. Yes, in baseball parlance, I’m proud to be a “homer” when it comes to Andrew.
For those looking for more information than my familial bragging, here’s the link to the program information, text translations, and professional bio. I’ve highlighted Andrew’s bio here:
Andrew Bearden Brown is a new resident of Baltimore and recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Justin Lavender. His studies were further supported by the Their Serene Highnesses Dr Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern Scholarship and the Mason Scholarship. Lauded by The Washington Post for his “pure” and “poignant” sound, he began his singing career as a treble in the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of Michael McCarthy. At the Cathedral he sang for services of national importance, including the state funerals of President Ronald Reagan, President Gerald Ford, and most recently John McCain. During this time he also soloed at the Kennedy Center and with Leonard Slatkin in acclaimed performances of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Following his undergraduate years at Brown University, Andrew Bearden Brown returned to Washington, where he developed a career as a Baroque soloist, specializing in Handel (Messiah – Providence Baroque/Brown University) and Bach (St. John Passion (solo) – Academy of Ancient Music & Voces8, Mass in B Minor – American Bach Soloists Academy, St. Matthew Passion – Providence/Brown (solo) & Buckingham Choral Society (Evangelist), Christmas Oratorio – Providence/Brown).
Andrew Bearden Brown’s operatic roles include Ernesto in Brown Opera Production’s Don Pasquale, Torquemada in RCM International Opera Studio’s L’heure espagnole, Ferrando in Felici Opera’s Così fan tutte, and Adolfo Pirelli in RCM’s Sweeney Todd.
After the concert, Christian interviewed Andrew, where they discuss singing Messiah in the pandemic, the influences of London on his interpretation of art song, and why he loves the Maryland flag among other topics. We get to hear two very interesting gentlemen with a great passion for music.
Thanks, Andrew and Christian, for the beautiful evening.
More to come…
Image: Andrew Bearden Brown (credit Kristina Sherk)
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I sang in a small vocal ensemble in the Shenandoah Valley. One of the singers in that group Lucy Ivey, became a good friend. When she saw this post on my wife’s Facebook page, she wrote a comment that I want to capture here.
“This is so beautiful! What a voice, and what a presence!”
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was involved in a wonderful musical community in the Shenandoah Valley. One of the dear friends I made during that time was the organ builder John Boody. When John saw this post on my wife’s Facebook page, he wrote a comment that I want to capture here.
“Our very own son whom we love so very much. He made me weep. He has a sweet and ringing bell. He has a wonderful confidence and handsome in all respects. Bravo.”
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