Erica Papillion-Posey to Perform in Lady Sings the Blues, a tribute to the incomparable Billie Holiday

(Denver, CO – June 5, 2015) – Mezzo-soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey described as “…a living tribute and testimony to the memory of the great Ms. Marian Anderson, the legendary opera superstar and African-American trailblazer [Denver Weekly News] will perform a concert in tribute to the incomparable Billie Holiday this summer for a hometown audience in Denver, Colorado.

EPP HolidayThis tribute to Billie Holiday is on the heels of her debut with the Boulder Symphony, where she reprised her signature role in Bizet’s Carmen; a role in which she has been praised for her ability to”… capture Carmen’s slinky sexiness, radiating allure and trouble… She had the vocal power to sing a soft, seductive “Habanera” in a hall-filling, rounded voice, lingering over the phrases as the men in the square watched.  She snapped off the Spanish-style ornaments of the “Seguidilla”, and was especially compelling in the lower register, where Carmen’s sultriness comes through…” [South Florida Classical Review].

Ms. Papillion-Posey discussed the daunting task of embodying the jazz legend, “A tribute to the tenor of the incomparable, iconic Billie Holiday is no small feat.  I don’t care who you are.  Paying homage to the genius of Lady Day while remaining rooted in your own musical voice and sensibilities is a delicate, but exciting prospect.”

“Well known Holiday standards like God Bless the Child, Good Morning Heartache, the evening’s theme, Lady Sings the Blues are a few selections that I plan to make my own.”  Ms. Papillion-Posey commented on the repertoire, which has been carefully curated for the tribute concert.  “The audience can also expect some surprises, sure to balance the set.”

Ms. Papillion-Posey will be accompanied by Denver bassist extraordinaire, Ken Walker (Ken Walker Sextet) and the phenomenal father and son Louisiana jazz duo, Chester Daigle II, piano and Jarius Daigle, violin (City Heat and Jazz in the Arts).  In anticipation of the upcoming musical collaboration Ms. Papillion-Posey exclaimed, “I couldn’t be happier about the magic the evening is sure to hold.”

Lady Sings the Blues will be held at the Mercury Café (2199 California Street, Denver, Colorado 80205) on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $25.00 general admission.  More information can be found at mercurycafe.com/events.

A complete list of Erica Papillion-Posey’s events follows, and additional information may be found at www.epapillionposey.com.

June 25
Denver, Colorado
Lady Sings the Blues
Ken Walker, bass
Chester Daigle, piano
Jairus Daigle, violin

 

July 10
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Sketches of Spain
Christ Lutheran Church
Jared Peroune, pianist

 

July 12
Miami, Florida
Sketches of Spain
St. Rose of Lima Church
Jared Peroune, pianist
 

September 12
Aurora, Colorado
The Heritage Anthology
Bethel Lutheran Church
Mila Startsev, pianist
 

September 25
Aurora, Colorado
Performance at the Martin Luther King Statue Dedication & Unveiling
Martin Luther King Library

 

December 5
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Jazz in the Arts
Chester Daigle, piano
Jay Ecker, upright bass
Silvia Hankins, percussion
Jairus Daigle, violin

 

December 12
Washington, DC
W.B. Sports Cancer Survivors Brunch
The Howard Theatre
The Howard University Gospel Choir & Band
 

About Erica Papillion-Posey

 In 2013, mezzo-soprano Erica Papillion-Posey made her professional North American debut in what has become her signature role of Carmen, where she, “…. captured Carmen’s slinky sexiness, radiating allure and trouble… She had the vocal power to sing a soft, seductive “Habanera” in a hall-filling, rounded voice, lingering over the phrases as the men in the square watched.  She snapped off the Spanish-style ornaments of the “Seguidilla”, and was especially compelling in the lower register, where Carmen’s sultriness comes through…” …” [South Florida Classical Review].  After being hailed as, “… the best Carmen this city has seen in decades” [Miami Herald], companies nationwide have taken notice and she is scheduled for a performance of Carmen in Boulder, Colorado in May 2015.

With roots in jazz music, Ms. Papillion-Posey is regularly engaged to return to her first musical love.  Most recently, she dazzled in the bayou of Louisiana as the featured guest artist at the Jazz in the Arts Black Tie Dinner, an engagement she is slated to repeat in 2015.    Embracing the blurred lines between the classical and jazz genres, she has developed a groundbreaking new crossover concert series.  The first of which, The Salon, Reimagined Tour, will debut in 2015 and be performed throughout Europe and the United States.

In 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey made her international operatic debut as Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica at the Tuscia Opera Festival, under the baton of maestro Stefano Vignati. The demand for her “wonderful voice… full of grace and sensuality” [El Nuevo Herald] and her fierce commitment to character keeps European audiences coming back for more.  Memorable European performances include the title role of Carmen, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte both with the Tuscia Opera Festival, Annina in La Traviata with Teatro Kizmet Opera, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Siena Opera.

Stateside, Ms. Papillion-Posey’s notable roles include her portrayal of Princess Akara in the world premiere of The Lady or the Tiger, an adaptation of Frank Stockton’s beloved short story by composers Cherise Leiter and Leanna Kirchoff.  Ms. Papillion-Posey’s “purely exciting and rich voice” [Arte & Musica Magazine] was also featured as Baba in The Medium, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, and in the title role in The Rape of Lucretia.

A prolific concert artist and recitalist, Ms. Papillion-Posey’s repertoire includes performances of Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Timothy Léon in Tarquinia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Castilione, Capranica and Ronciglione in addition to several solo recitals.

Most recently, Ms. Papillion-Posey was named a semi-finalist in the Paris Opera Awards. In 2013, Ms. Papillion-Posey was named a Continuo Arts, Milton Cross Young Artists Winner after being named the organization’s Rising Star Young Artists Winner in 2012. Other accolades and awards include first and second place winner of the Vocal Arts Competition of Colorado, respectively in 2005 and 2006, International Lyric Academy of Rome e Viterbo Award, AMICI of Denver Scholarship, Dante Alighieri Music Scholarship Competition, Jeff Bradley Music Scholarship Fund, E. Stoddard Young Endowment Scholarship, Stratton Faulhaber Scholarship, Coulter Norbloom Scholarship Grant and Joseph Docksey Career Development Fund Award.

Ms. Papillion-Posey earned a Master of Music degree and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Performance (both with honors and distinction) from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Metropolitan University of Denver. She currently studies with renowned mezzo- soprano Grace Bumbry.

Learn more about Erica at http://www.epapillionposey.com.

 

Contact:

Christie Connolley
Candescent Media
christie@candescent-media.com
www.candescent-media.com
(888) 444-2757

 

 

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