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Concert: Schönberg, Berg, and Webern

Change of programme

Message from Dr Robert Taub

The programme on Saturday 19th March with soprano Erika Baikoff and the Marmen Quartet performing string quartets by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern has been planned for more than a year. However, and most unfortunately, the Marmen Quartet has just had to withdraw from their performance; one of their members has become ill with Covid19 and, as they all have been rehearsing in close proximity of one another, it is likely that others will test positive as well.

Since soprano Erika Baikoff has already arrived from New York, she and I have discussed how to proceed and have come up with an exciting and expressive alternative programme. She will be collaborating on Saturday 19th with a wonderful pianist to bring us a moving and dramatic programme of songs by diverse composers. At this late stage it was not possible to include works of Expressionist composers, but the programme does include songs of Joseph Marx who composed during the time of Expressionism, as well as songs of the Romantic era and early 20th century. Erika comes to us from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, and her pianist collaborator on this occasion is Kunal Lahiry, a current BBC New Generation Artist. We are grateful to them both, and we hope you will still join us for a marvellous evening!

The new programme will include songs by Schubert, Mendelsson, Strauss, Marx, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.

New programme

Date: Saturday 19 March 2022
Time: 19:00–21:30 (pre-concert talk 19:00. performance 19:30)
Venue: Upper Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

A Programme of Song


Suleika (Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen)

Das Rosenband
Die Nacht
Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten

Selige Nacht 

- Interval -

Forget so soon
Had I only known Op.47 no.1
Cradle song Op.16 no.1
At the ball Op.38. no.3
Why? Op.6 no.5

Six Songs, Op.38 
dedicated by the composer to the Ukrainian soprano Nina Koshetz
In my garden at night
To her
Pied Piper

The Artists

We are grateful to this evening’s artists Erika Baikoff and Kunal Lahiry for their gracious cooperation in bringing this programme to us after learning only several days ago about the cancellation (owing to Covid19) by the Marmen Quartet.


Erika Baikoff, soprano

Erika comes to us from New York, where she is a current member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has performed major operatic roles with Lyon National Opera and was featured as soloist in Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Lyon National Opera Orchestra, directed by Maestro Daniele Rustioni. Additional recent appearances include performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chautauqua Voice Institute, Songfest, and Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. Erika is the winner of several prestigious international competitions and career grants.

A graduate of Princeton University, she also holds a Masters Degree from The Guildhall School of Music in London. Erika appears by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme. In June 2021 Erika was the leading soprano in Some Call It Home, the multi-media music drama at TRP as a joint production with The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth.

Kunal Lahiry, pianist

Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry is a current BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the 2021 Bechstein Foundation scholarship. Recent performance highlights include at the Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Pierre Boulez Saal, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Room, Musée d’Orsay, and Ludwigsburg Festival. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Icelandic National Public Radio RÁS1, Austrian Radio Ö1, and RBB Kultur, and was featured twice on ARTE’s ‘Hope@Home’ and ‘Europe@Home’ series hosted by violinist Daniel Hope. This season includes appearances at Stoller Hall, Bristol St. George’s, Aldeburgh Festival, Opera Holland Park, Cheltenham Music Festival, Harpa Concert Hall, Schubertíada Vilabertran, Hugo Wolf Academy, Heidelberg Neulied Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, and more.

Kunal has commissioned and premiered works by Nico Muhly, Errollyn Wallen, Nahre Sol, Heloise Werner, Pablo Campos, Molly Joyce, and many others. He joined the first Song Studio mentored by Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall, was invited by Thomas Hampson to participate in the Heidelberg Lied Academy, and received the Sam Hutchings prize at Malcolm Martineau’s Oxenfoord international Summer School.