Geoffrey Friedley, Diana Livingston-Friedley, and Mark Neiwirth in concert at St. Thomas

Sun, Mar 6th, 5:30pm


March 2022

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

201 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA

Joel Bejot

Geoffrey Friedley, Diana Livingston-Friedley, and Mark Neiwirth will be performing a concert of exceptional vocal music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sun Valley, ID, 201 Sun Valley Rd.

Sunday, March 6, 5:30 p.m.

Artist bios:

Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley has appeared as a guest soloist with numerous organizations throughout the United States, Germany, Italy and Taiwan. More recently she has appeared with the Idaho State Civic Symphony, Idaho Falls Symphony, Boise Baroque Orchestra and Opera Idaho. Diana has also recently appeared in regional recitals singing Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, Spanisches Liederbuch, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder with tenor Geoffrey Friedley and pianist, Marck Neiwirth. Her many operatic roles include: Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, at The Old Town Actors Studio (OTAS), Pocatello; Woman in Poulenc’s La voix humane also at OTAS, ISU and The College of Southern Idaho; Mrs. Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, with Opera Idaho, Boise; Ichi Ban, in Napa 2. Lift Me into Heaven Slowly Text: Robert Creeley (1926-2005) Lift me into heaven slowly, cause my back’s sore any my mind’s thoughtful, and I’m not even sure I want to go. Lift me into heaven slowly. 3. Billy the Kid Text: Anonymous Billy was a bad man. Carried a big gun He was always after good folks and he kept them on the run He shot one every morning to make his morning meal; Let a man sass him he was sure to feel his steel. He kept folks in hot water, stole from every stage, when his was full of liquor he was always in a rage. He kept things boilin’ over, he stayed out in the brush, when he was full of dead eye, Other folks’ld better hush. Billy was a bad man. But one day he met a man a whole lot badder and now he’s dead and we ain’t none the sadder. De Monk, Queen of the Lost Waters of Mars, Bloomington Playwright’s Project, Bloomington, Indiana; Peggy Shippen in A Twist of Treason at the John Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana; and Mimi Manini with the Zwei-Groschen-Oper’s production of 1001 Nights in Venice at the Theaterhof in Humbach, Germany. Diana has also performed with ISU’s Theatre/ Dance department as Fraülein Kost in the musical Cabaret. Other operatic roles include: Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Musetta in a critically acclaimed production of La Bohéme, which received the 1995 National Opera Association’s “Best Production” Award. Diana has also worked with numerous opera companies in New York including: Opera Orchestra of New York, The Bronx Opera Company, The American Chamber Opera Company, and The Liederkranz Foundation. Recent projects include: recording of “The Vocal-Instrumental Music of Howard Boatwright,” and releasing “The Songs of Howard Boatwright” with ISU piano faculty, Professor Kori Bond, on Centaur Record label. ISU’s Joy to the World concert in December 2018 heard Livingston Friedley sing the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria; September 2019 she embarked on her first stage play performing the role of Raquel de Angelis, in Living on Love by Joe DiPietro at the Old Town Actors Studio in Pocatello, ID; October 2019 she was be heard with the men of ISU choirs as the soprano solo in Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa; she is thrilled to perform the chamber version Cowboy Songs (1994) Libby Larsen (b. 1950) Artist Bios of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Idaho Falls Symphony under the baton of Dr. Thomas Heuser in Spring 2022. Diana completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts under Judith Nicosia, a Master of Music at Indiana University with Lynn Luciano, and Bachelor of Music at Westminster Choir College with Suzanne Pratt. Dr. Livingston Friedley is currently Professor of Music in The School of Performing Arts at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

Tenor Geoffrey Friedley performs regularly throughout Idaho and beyond as a soloist in recital, oratorio, and opera. On April 3, 2022, he will perform tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem with Dr. Anna Hamre and the Fresno Master Chorale and Orchestra. In December 2021, he performed tenor solos for Handel’s Messiah with Dr. Scott Anderson and the Idaho State-Civic Symphony. In August 2019, with soprano Livingston-Friedley, mezzo-soprano Lara Nie, baritone Raymond Feener, and pianists Natalia Rivera and R. L. Rowsey, he performed lieder by Schubert and Brahms Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 for the Summer Music Institute of the Sun Valley Music Festival. In March 2019, with soprano Livingston-Friedley and pianist Neiwirth, he performed Wolf’s complete Spanisches Liederbuch. In March 2018, he and pianist Kori Bond performed Franz Schubert’s Winterreise in ISU’s Goranson Recital Hall. In April 2017, he sang Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Grant Harville and the Idaho State-Civic Symphony. In February 2017, he sang Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone with soprano Livingston-Friedley and pianist Neiwirth at Pocatello’s Old Town Actors Studio. Friedley is an Adjunct Instructor in Music at Idaho State University, where he teaches Voice and Music History, and a Voice Consultant with the Century High School Choirs in Pocatello. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and the University of Utah School of Music.

Pianist Mark Neiwirth has gained an international reputation as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, adjudicator, composer and arranger. He was Chair of the Piano Department at the Sun Valley Symphony School of Music for seven years and for the last seventeen years has been an Adjunct Professor at Idaho State University. In 2018 Mr. Neiwirth received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has performed a repertoire of 31 piano concerti with orchestras throughout the country, and for sixteen years he was the featured concerto soloist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He has also performed solo and chamber music concerts in Europe, South Africa and India. After growing up in Idaho, he pursued his advanced studies with Raymond Hanson (The Hartt School), and Constance Keene and Dora Zaslavsky (Manhattan School of Music), where he served as Mme. Zaslavsky’s teaching assistant. Other major teachers were Aube Tzerko (Aspen Music School) and Thomas Schumacher (Eastman School of Music). He is the President of Musicians West, Inc., a non-profit organization that sponsors musical events and provides scholarships in the state of Idaho. Now in its twenty-third year, the Musicians West Piano Festival & Competition presents Idaho’s finest students and has become one of the most prestigious musical events in the region. Through Musicians West, he authors and administers the statewide Certificate of Achievement, a comprehensive year-end exam for piano students held in April each year. Mr. Neiwirth is a Steinway Artist.

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