Fine Arts Chamber Players’ last free 2018 Basically Beethoven Festival concert starts Sunday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall. DART to the concert to hear operatic bass singer, Jared Schwartz, and pianist, Mary Dibbern, perform pieces by French and American composers.
Fine Arts Chamber Players talked with Schwartz about his history, career and interests. Check out a sneak peek of the interview:
Q: When did you decide to pursue a career as a musician?
A: I began college as a Chemistry/Pre-Med/French Horn/Piano major (yes, all four). It was absolutely insane. I had a blast learning so many different things, but I was sick every two weeks from lack of rest! After one semester of that, I decided to hone in on music and use medical school as my Plan B. At this point, I think music is where I’ll stay.
Q: Who’s your favorite composer to listen to? To sing?
A: My favorite composer to listen to, as of late, is Mieczysław Weinberg. His orchestral music, particularly his cello concerto, are sublime. My favorite composer to sing is Verdi, particularly his Requiem. He knew exactly how to write for the bass voice. He elevated basses from silly buffo roles to real, emotional, powerful lyrical singing. I also like to sing songs I’ve written. Then the only person I can blame for writing something difficult is myself!
Want to learn more about Schwartz? Read the full Q&A.
The 38th Annual Basically Beethoven Festival highlights family-friendly classical music concerts every Sunday in July. Learn more about the festival at: fineartschamberplayers.org.