RISING STARS CLOSE OUT SEASON - The Coast Reporter February 22, 2008

Two of Canada’s rising young concert stars will close out the 2007/08 season of the Coast Recital Society (CRS) March 2.

Baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erika Switzer will perform at 2:30 pm, Sunday, march 2 at Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt.

Following a pre-concert chat at 1:30 p.m., the duo will perform five songs on the theme of water by Franz Schubert; as well as three song cycles: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel; L'horizon chimérique by Gabriel Fauré; and Let Us Garlands Bring by Gerald Finzi; plus Three Cabaret Songs composed by William Bolcom.

British Columbia-born Duncan and Switzer have recently returned to North America after several years of study in Augsburg, Germany. They have been performing as a duo for some time, to enthusiastic acclaim from critics and audiences alike: “Duncan is that rare mixture of elegant phrasing and resonant power. His voice is warm and versatile, and his range is wide,” said one review. “Switzer definitely doesn’t believe Song Interpretation to be a decorative accompaniment; rather, as an independent, commentating voice, which she plays with specificity and well-accentuated phrasing,” said another.

Duncan and Switzer have made New York City their base. She is completing collaborative piano studies at the Juilliard School, performing frequently with Duncan.

His career includes a busy schedule of recitals in Canada, the US, Germany, Sweden, France and South Africa. He is in high demand as a versatile soloist who is at home singing in many languages music of the lieder, opera and oratorio genres spanning the ages from baroque to modern.

Duncan’s musical education includes degrees in music from the University of British Columbia, the Hochschule für Musik Augsburg, where he studied under fellow Canadian singer, Edith Wiens, and from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

“Duncan and Switzer are among the best and the brightest of Canada’s next constellation of recital stars,” said CRS Artistic Director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright.

“I’m delighted that they’ve agreed to stay and play for students at the West Sechelt and Kinnickinick Elementary Schools on Monday, March 3, as part of the CRS Artists in the Community program.” she said.

Tickets are still available for Duncan and Switzer’s March 2nd concert. Call Mary Lea Bell at 604 886-8330.