Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Magnvm Opvs Tasting Concert Scheduled for February 25

Magnvm Opvs tasting concerts (MOtc) will present a fundraiser at the home of operatic soprano and WQED radio personality Anna Singer to benefit the newly-founded Pittsburgh chapter of Sing for Hope.

The event, will be held on February 25, 2017, at 4 p.m., will combine a wine tasting and a voice recital and will feature the talents of Metropolitan Opera soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird; baritone and MOtc Vice-President, Daniel Teadt; Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, Eric Michael Ferring; and pianist Laura Ward, Co-Founder of Lyric Fest; sommelier Christian Tripodi of Cioppino Restaurant; and Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, Monica Yunus.

The hour-long program will feature 7 wines paired with musical selections. Ticket price ($100) includes a guided wine tasting, voice recital, and handcrafted delectables. All proceeds will support the launch of the Pittsburgh program of Sing for Hope. ONLY 50 seats are available! Purchase now via EventBrite at the following link: .

Matthew Burns, Founder and President of Magnvm Opvs tasting concerts, says “MOtc is excited to introduce Pittsburgh to the next hottest trend in classical music entertainment: a “tasting concert.” We will hear beautiful singing and drink exquisite wines - and all for a great cause, Sing for Hope.  Join us as we raise a glass and go on a total sensory journey in the concert we are calling: "Taste for Hope!"

The host, Anna Singer, has this to say about the event: “Having enjoyed this unique concert last year, I urge you to join us. It is a treat to be able to hear music and compare it to the taste of wine - a wonderful sensory experience. We enjoy sharing our home to promote the arts and we are very excited to have Sing for Hope as our guest for the afternoon - A Taste for Hope on February 25th - come taste, hear, and enjoy!”

Sing for Hope Co-Founder and international opera singer Monica Yunus (Metropolitan Opera, Opera Omaha, Pittsburgh Opera Theater) says, “Sing for Hope is excited to begin our national rollout with a pilot program launching in Pittsburgh in September 2017. SFH brings harmony in all senses to individuals and communities in need and that feels more urgent now more than ever."

About Sing for Hope

Since 2006, Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs have brought hope and inspiration to thousands of individuals in under-resourced schools, public hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes, and disability networks.
To date, Sing for Hope has partnered with over 250 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in community volunteerism, and placed over 335 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos throughout New York City’s parks and public spaces for everyone to play – a symbol and celebration of art for all. Learn more at

About MAGNVM OPVS tasting concerts

An internationally acclaimed bass-baritone with a passion for wine, Matthew Burns created MAGNVM OPVS tasting concerts to explore how perfectly the language of wine is set up to help audiences gain a deeper understanding of the classical voice - and vice versa! At a typical wine tasting, participants are guided through an exploration which uses the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. Only one is missing: sound.

Matthew solved this by “pairing” singers and wines, presenting carefully curated wines alongside musical selections specifically chosen to highlight the parallels of voice and wine.

At a MAGNVM OPVS tasting concert, seven world-class wines are paired with songs and singers and presented in an hour-long program. At each step, Matthew will guide the audience, giving them the ability to discern and express what they hear and taste. Our intimate, salon-style events promise to change the way our guests think about wine and song! Learn more about this total sensory experience at

About the Artists

Anne-Carolyn Bird has been seen most recently on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Hawaii Opera Theatre, among other regional houses. A two-time Grammy nominee, the soprano is an active recitalist specializing in music being written by today’s hottest composers.

Recent chamber music performances include “Knoxville: Summer 1915” with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and David Lang’s “Little Match Girl Passion” with Miami’s IlluminArts. Known for her complex portrayal of Mozart’s Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Ms. Bird’s other repertoire includes Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Micaela (Carmen), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor.  

Daniel Teadt has sung in opera houses throughout the United States and Europe including Pittsburgh Opera, Arizona Opera, Aix-en-Provençe Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Central City Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera Theater.

He has been on the roster of the New York City Opera for several seasons and toured nationally with the San Francisco Opera. His concert appearances include Grammy Award-winning performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

As a recitalist he has performed with the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, The New York Festival of Song and San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recitals.

Laura Ward is pianist and Artistic Director of Lyric Fest,, a unique vocal recital series in Philadelphia. As a distinguished collaborative pianist she is known for both her technical ability and vast knowledge of repertoire and styles.

Concert engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Spoleto Festival and the Colmar International Music Festival. She has served as vocal coach at The Academy of Vocal Arts, The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College, Ravinia Festival Stean’s Institute, Washington Opera, University of Maryland and Music Academy of the West.

Laura is a recording artist and editor for Hal Leonard Music Publishing having recorded over 2000 song accompaniments. These recordings help countless singers and pianists experience, learn and enjoy the art song repertoire and also help introduce a world of art song to many who have had little exposure to classical song.

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