Join us for a Special Sunday with Steinway as Madeline Beitel and Claudio Olivera will present a program full of variety, including classical German song selections, French and Italian opera arias, Broadway classics and fun songs, as well as solo piano works by Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin; plus South American composers Enrique Soro (Chile), Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), and Ignacio Cervantes (Cuba). This wide range of composers, time periods and styles makes for an experience that is inspiring as well as entertaining, where every member of the audience is sure to hear something that they love.
The Venezuelan pianist Claudio Olivera received his first piano classes when he was 8 years old, and had his debut as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 12. In 1996 he attended the “Interlochen Arts Camp” in Michigan, USA, where he received the “Van Cliburn Award” for his outstanding piano performance. He has participated in several national and international competitions obtaining numerous prizes. He has played with every major orchestra in his country. In 2005 he interpreted Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the RIAS Berlin International Youth Orchestra and Tomasz Bugaj in the Rachmaninoff Festival in Catania, Italy. He has also performed numerous recitals in various cities in Venezuela, Germany, Chile, USA, Spain, and France. In 2016, under the guidance of Dr. Lomazov, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of South Carolina, were he began working the same year as Adjunct Piano Faculty and Staff Accompanist. He is also currently the music director at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Epiphany.
Madeline Beitel, from Charlotte, NC, is a mezzo-soprano and recent graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Master’s degree in Opera Theater. Madeline has appeared in numerous productions including as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Lizzie Borden in Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and as Zita and La zia Principessa in Puccini’s Il Tritico at the 2017 Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Maiori, Italy. Most recently she appeared as L’amica in Amelia al ballo (Menotti) and Armelinde in Cendrillon (Viardot) in Opera at USC’s fall 2018 production. During the summer of 2018, Madeline sang as a featured concert soloist with MusikTheater Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany. Madeline currently studies with Grammy award winning Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Victoria Livengood.