2018-07-07 / News

‘Unveiled Voices Project’ Coming To Trinity Episcopal Church July 8

By Marley Tucker


Dr. Casey Robards has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil, and Costa Rica. She is known for versatility, imagination, and sensitivity in her performances. Dr. Casey Robards has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as France, Brazil, and Costa Rica. She is known for versatility, imagination, and sensitivity in her performances. “Unveiled Voices Project: Poems for Tenor, Oboe and Piano,” part of a project to produce and promote classical music with performances by a diverse group of composers and performers, will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Trinity Episcopal Church

A trio of performers will feature composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ work “Ten Blake Songs for Tenor and Oboe,” as well as “Cavatine & Fugato from Suite Bucolique” by Hugo Godron and “S’il arrive jamais” by Nadia Boulanger. The program will conclude with a rendition of Glen Roven’s “Six Ancient Chinese Songs.”

Mr. Roven is a two-time Emmy winning composer, lyricist, conductor, and producer. One of his notable compositions is a violin concerto based on the children’s book, “The Runaway Bunny,” which has been recorded once with Brooke Shields as narrator and another time with Catherine Zeta- Jones as narrator. He is co-producing The Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joyce DiDonato, Patti LuPone, Diane Reeves, Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant, Pretty Yende, and Lawrence Brownlee.


Henry Pleas III is the founder of Unveiled Voices Project, which seeks to produce and perform works by composers that merit world concert stages but are denied based on prejudice. The group will perform at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, July 8. (Photographs provided by Sarah Fraker) Henry Pleas III is the founder of Unveiled Voices Project, which seeks to produce and perform works by composers that merit world concert stages but are denied based on prejudice. The group will perform at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, July 8. (Photographs provided by Sarah Fraker) Henry Pleas III, founder and chief executive of the Unveiled Voices Project, has appeared as leading tenor in operatic productions throughout the United States and Europe. He performed as a soloist for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Skylight Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, and South Shore Opera Company of Chicago. Born in Chicago, he graduated from Brown University and received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.


Sarah Fraker has presented recitals at four conferences of the International Double Reed Society, including the 2015 conference in Tokyo. This will be her first time performing on Mackinac Island, and she will bring her family with her. Sarah Fraker has presented recitals at four conferences of the International Double Reed Society, including the 2015 conference in Tokyo. This will be her first time performing on Mackinac Island, and she will bring her family with her. Casey Robards is a pianist and vocal coach who has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. Her range includes art song, opera, musical theatre, gospel and popular vocal music, string, brass, and wind. She heads the collaborative piano program at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, where she has been a faculty artist since 2008.

Dr. Robards also is a founding member of the KO Trio, formed in 2011 together with Donna Shin and Ji Yon Shim. Interested in the interawarded section of music and social justice, she has led benefit recitals for Musicambia, a non-profit organization that creates music conservatories in prisons.

Sara Fraker, assistant professor of oboe at the University of Arizona, is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Grammy-nominated ensemble True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and has given recitals and master classes in Japan, Mexico, Australia, and throughout the United States Dr. Fraker recently was recently an Arizona Artist Research and Development Grant for an ecology-focused commissioning project. She is featured on releases from Summit Records and Reference Recordings. As a founding member of the Paloma Winds, she has performed on recital series throughout Arizona.

Dr. Fraker holds degrees from the University of Illinois, New England Conservatory, and Swarthmore College. She has been visiting Michigan for seven years and likes the change in seasonal weather and the beauty found throughout the state. She spends her summers in residence as a faculty artist at the Bay View Music Festival and brings her family along to enjoy the time she spends here.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting Mackinac Island. It has a timeless feel and is so stunning,” said Dr. Fraker. “When I travel, I always try to engage with audiences to help them understand the pieces that are performed and the context behind them to keep them accessible to others. That’s what we’ll be doing here.”

Dr. Fraker started studying music at a young age and her interest in the subject never waned. When she isn’t performing to audiences, she is teaching students about her craft and music education.

The trio’s classical performance is free for the public and appropriate for all ages.

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