Enrico Lagasca and Victor Asunción | An Evening of Lieder and Kundiman

February 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
IL 60605

Enrico Lagasca

Acclaimed to have “a beautiful sound” (New York Times), bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca is enjoying a career in Oratorio, Opera, Chamber Music, and Recitals with a repertoire spanning from Early to Contemporary music both as Soloist and Chorister across America. Philipines born and New York based, Enrico regularly sings with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He also sings with The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Sacra New York, The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Bard Festival Chorus, New York Choral Artists, Ensemble VIII in Austin, Texas, Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico, and Seraphic Fire in Miami, Florida. Performance with orchestras as soloist and chorister include the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, to name a few. Recent highlights include Soloist in Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Pacific Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Operatic roles of L’arbre/Fauteuil (L’Enfant et les sortileges), Collatinus (Rape of Lucretia), Loreno (I Copuleti e I Montecchi), tour of Dido and Aenas with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Virginia Arts Festival, Summer festivals with Oregon Bach Festival, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Mostly Mozart Festival. Season ’17-’18 highlights include 3 concert tour and album recording and launch with Santa Fe Desert Chorale, concerts with Seraphic Fire and Ensemble VIII, album launch of the complete Capricornus cantatas with ACRONYM, solo debut of an all Purcell program with Bach Collegium San Diego, soloist for BWV 82, 95, 14, 4, 131, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Charpentier Lecons de Tenebrae, Weckman Wie liegt die Stadt so wuste, among others. Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines and at Mannes College of Music. Enrico is also and alumnus of the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. He currently resides in Queens, New York, is active on social media and you may find him @enricolee.

Victor Santiago Asunción

Pianist Victor Santiago Asunción is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, spirited temperament, and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. He made is orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Bobby McFerrin, and Mei-Ann Chen. A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, Susanna Gilmore, James Buswell, James Dunham, Ronald Leonard, Susanne Mentzer, H.K. Gruber, John O’Connor, Marc Neikrug, Liang Wang, and Catalin Rotaru; and the Dover, Emerson, Sao Paulo, Serafin, and Vega string quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He also was the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. His recordings include the complete sonatas of Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov with cellist Joseph Johnson, and Rachmaninov’s sonata and works arranged by Gregor Piatigorsky with cellist Evan Drachman. He also is featured in the award-winning recording Song My Father Taught Me with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and Chicago’s WFMT. In addition to his active performing career, he is sought after as a piano, vocal, and chamber music coach. He received his doctor of musical arts degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Asunción is a Steinway Artist.