Gina Hanzlik, soprano
Amy Nam, harpist
Soprano Gina Hanzlik is joined by harpist and composer Amy Nam in a special evening of classical song. In their second collaboration, Hanzlik and Nam will interpret the music of Debussy, Faure, Schumann, Strauss, and Puccini, as well as contemporary composers Peter Dayton, Joseph Schwantner, and Nam herself. Join us for an intimate evening of poetry, conversation, and the celestial sounds of soprano and harp.
Gina Hanzlik, Soprano
Performing with an “aplomb rarely seen” (Le Devoir) and “a voice that is both brilliant in technique and deep in expressiveness” (Ludwig van Montreal) soprano Gina Hanzlik is known for her deep commitment to character and delivery. Gina’s love of performance manifests on the operatic and concert stages where she is equally interested in exploring traditional repertoire and new works. Opera credits include the Cunegonde (Candide), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Eurydice (Orphée et Eurydice), and Sister Rose (Dead Man Walking). Her concert repertoire ranges from the soprano soloist in Elijah, to Crumb’s Madrigal Books. She has performed with Opera McGill, Tapestry Opera, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Michigan Opera Theater, McGill Symphony Orchestra, Société d’art vocal de Montréal, and regularly premiers work for various composers and chamber ensembles in the US and Canada. Recognized for excellence by McGill University, Gina was a finalist in the 2017 Wirth Vocal Prize and the recipient of both the Dixie Ross-Neill Scholarship and Schulich Scholarship. She is a Teach for America Alumni and holds a Master of Education in Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan, as well as music degrees from McGill University and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Gina is a Teaching Artist with The Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Amy Nam, Harpist and Composer
Minneapolis-based harpist and composer Amy Nam writes and performs music characterized by her sense of optimism and interest in unconventional timbres and structures. Nam has appeared as a soloist with the Vanderbilt University Orchestra, when she won the university-wide concerto competition as a first-year student, and the McGill Contemporary Ensemble. Her works have been selected for performances through the McGill University Composer-in-Residence program and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Young Composer’s Forum. In 2018 her work Somewhere to Elsewhere, for harp and ensemble, was selected from nearly 700 entries for a BMI Student Composer Award. In 2019 her work Pseudosphere for two pianos and two percussionists won the Eastman School of Music’s Belle S. Gitelman Award. Recently, Nam won the Lyra Society’s 7th Annual Costello Competition for Composition. She holds a Master’s degree from McGill University, where she studied composition with John Rea and harp performance with Montreal Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Jennifer Swartz, and a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with first honors as the Blair School of Music Founder’s Medalist. She has also studied at the European American Music Alliance-Nadia Boulanger Institute. Currently, Nam studies composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon at the Eastman School of Music.