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Emma Ritter and Esther Nyberg

July 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Emma Ritter and Esther Nyberg present an evening of music for voice and piano.

Set 1: The Witches
Felix Mendelssohn – And’res Maienlied “Hexenlied”, Op. 8, No. 8
Richard Strauss – Junghexenlied, Op. 39, No.2
Clara Schumann – Lorelei

Set 2: Antonín Dvořák – Cigánské melodie, Op . 55
1. Má píseň zas mi láskou zní
2. Aj! Kterak trojhranec můj prerozkošně zvoní
3. A les je tichý kolem kol
4. Když mne stará matka
5. Struna naladěná, hochu toč se v kole
6. Široké rukávy a široké gate
7. Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého

Set 3: The Lore
Franz Schubert – Erlkonig D.328 ; Op.1
Der Geistertanz D.116
Hugo Wolf – Der Feuerreiter, Mörike-Lieder, No.44

Set 4: Paul Bowles – Blue Mountain Ballads
1. Heavenly Grass
2. Lonesome Man
3. Cabin
4. Sugar in the Cane

Emma Ruth Ritter, 26, was born in Northwest Indiana, but cultivated, grew, and blossomed in Greenville, South Carolina. While the sweet tea and humidity treated her well, the call of corn fields brought Emma back to Northwest Indiana for her undergraduate degree. Emma attended Valparaiso University on a full tuition scholarship and received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2015.
Following her graduation, Emma, and her cat Oliver, went off to the great land of upstate New York, where Emma began her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. At Eastman, Miss Ritter was seen in productions of Cendrillon​(Madame de la Haltiére), Turn of the Screw ​(Mrs. Grose), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), and won awards in both the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and the Friends of Eastman Opera Aria Competition.
Before making her move to Chicago, Emma soaked up the sunshine in Santa Barbara, California as a Vocal Fellow at the prestigious Music Academy of the West.
Emma now resides with her fiancé and two cats in Rogers Park. Currently, Emma is in her second and final year as a Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist. Miss Ritter made her Chicago Opera Theater last year and in November, performed her second role with the company, Marta in Iolanta ​by Tchaikovsky. Emma studies with Judith
Haddon. Last year, Emma was the grateful recipient of the Farwell Trust award from the Musicians Club of Women as well as the Arthur J. & Glenna B. Collins Scholarship from the American Opera Society.

Esther Nyberg was born in Chicago and began playing the piano at the age of four. A winner of numerous scholarships and awards, Ms. Nyberg has performed in venues in the United States and Europe, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Cremona’s Museo del Violino, and Salzburg’s Wiener Saal. As concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Skokie Valley Symphony, the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony, and Portugal’s Orquestra de Camara de Cascais e Oeiras. She has participated in several summer music programs, most recently the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where she received the Outstanding Lieder Collaborative Pianist Award. She has also performed in solo and collaborative masterclasses conducted by Barbara Bonney, Bo Skovhus, Martin Katz, Ingrid Fliter, Jeremy Denk, and Boris Berman, among others.
Inspired by her teachers and mentors to serve the community, Esther continues to perform at several Chicago assisted living centers and thoroughly enjoys teaching. She currently serves on faculty at Concordia University’s Preparatory and Community Piano Program and maintains her own private studio. She is also very interested in literature, the visual arts, poetry, dance, philosophy, and theology.
Ms. Nyberg holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she recently received a Performance Diploma studying under scholarship with Ludmila Lazar. Her past principal teachers include Ivo Kaltchev, Whe Do Kim, and Denis Moffat.


July 15
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Narloch Piano Studio
4636 N Francisco Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625 United States