Gerald Finley, bass-baritone
Julius Drake, piano

“Finley and Drake are impeccable” (Gramophone)


Feb 6, 2022


Pre-concert Talk one hour before performance at 2pm.

Clayton State music professor Dr.Kurt-Alexander Zeller gives engaging, insightful talks about the music, and often plays recorded excerpts of pieces in the program. These talks begin one hour prior to concert time for selected Strings and Vocal series concerts and are free for all ticket-holders.


About the Artists

“Gerald Finley is one of the classical music world’s great communicators…to hear him, fresh voiced, ideally partnered by Julius Drake and full of things to say, was an exquisite treat” (Bachtrack).

“Finley’s voice is pure pleasure,” proclaims Classics Today; “whatever the language or repertoire he unfailingly communicates the essence of the music and poetry.”

Reviewing a Wigmore Hall performance by Finley and Drake – “One of the great recitals, and absolutely outstanding” – The Evening Standard averred: “None of it would have worked so well, however, without Drake, whose intelligent yet emotive playing exposed every facet of Wolf’s piano writing.”

“Finley is the perfect song recitalist. His diction is crystal clear, always natural, and he phrases the melodies without a trace of affectation while still shading his tone to highlight the meaning of the text… Drake offers accompaniments that are as perfect and knowing as the singing” (Classics Today).


Concert Program

Lieder by FRANZ SCHUBERT and HUGO WOLF, a selection of songs to texts by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, and more.

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