By PHILIP E. REHARD
Tenor Miles Mykkanen, winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will perform at UB on February 4 in the fifth concert of this season’s Slee Visiting Artist series.
The concert, which will feature UB faculty member and pianist Eric Huebner, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lippes Concert Hall at Slee Hall, North Campus.
Ludwig van Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), op. 98
Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (The beautiful servant of the mill), op. 25, D.795
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Ticketmaster.com or at the Arts Center box office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. UB students with a valid ID receive a free ticket to all Department of Music concerts.
Described as a “focused and full-voiced tenor” by According to the New York Times, Miles Mykkanen returns to the Metropolitan Opera stage for no fewer than three productions in the 2021-22 season: Boris Godunov, conducted by Sebastian Weigle; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano; and Ariadne auf Naxos, with Marek Janowski. He made his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago under Enrique Mazzola in the company’s new production by James Darrah of Proving Up, by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, and at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in L’incoronazione di Poppea in a new production by Ted Huffman directed by Leonardo García Alarcón.
Mykkanen made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2019-20 season in the new William Kentridge production of Wozzeck conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; he made his New York Philharmonic debut in a program of excerpts from West Side Story conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He sang Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta, Indianapolis and New Jersey symphonies; with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center; and at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium under the auspices of the University Musical Society.
He is the 2019 Sara Tucker Scholarship winner, youngARTS Gold Medal winner, and recipient of awards from the Sullivan Foundation, Toulmin Foundation, Novick Career Advancement Fellowship, and Joseph W. Polisi Award from Juilliard. . A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mykkanen earned his Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, as well as his BA and MA, from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann.
Pianist Eric Huebner has won worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012, he was named Pianist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and currently holds the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Piano Chair. He has been featured in orchestral works by Lindberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Milhaud, Carter and R. Strauss, among others, and appears regularly in chamber music performances with Philharmonie musicians at New York’s Merkin Hall and elsewhere. .
A passionate interpreter of the music of our time, Huebner has premiered countless new works, including a recent series of piano studies by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds. Huebner has been involved with the New York Philharmonics CONTACT! series since its inception and is a member of the orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble committee.
A dedicated teacher and performer, Huebner is an associate professor of music at UB, where he operates a graduate and undergraduate major and minor piano studio, and teaches courses in piano music and 20th-century piano literature. Since the fall of 2014, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Juilliard School, where he teaches an orchestral keyboard performance course.
Huebner holds a BM and an MM from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.