Mary Bonhag and Evan Premo form Duo Borealis, a distinctive partnership of soprano voice and double bass. The duo weaves classical, traditional, folk, and original music into a program that showcases each performerâ€™s virtuosity and blends the two in unique and delightful collaboration.
Mary Bonhag, a junior at the University of Michigan School of Music, has soloed with the UM Arts Chorale, the Superior Festival Orchestra, the Superior Chamber Players, and the Upper Valley Music Center Strings. She studies with Carmen Pelton. She recently returned from a month long study of opera in Italy, and in the fall will perform in Lâ€™incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi. This summer, she is touring South Africa with Lehigh University Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. Mary has a joyous stage presence and her songs come alive with her demonstrative expression.
Evan Premo is a junior at the UM School of Music where he majors in both double bass performance and composition. He has performed concertos with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Superior Festival Orchestra, and the University Philharmonia Orchestra. Evan recently premiered of a new double bass concerto by the Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. Evanâ€™s double bass teachers include University of Michigan professor Diana Gannett and bass virtuoso Gary Karr. He writes music for Duo Borealis and creates arrangements of existing works. His powerful and high-energy bass performance is a perfect match for the strength of Maryâ€™s soprano voice.
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1. Invention in E (J.S. Bach)
2. Phillis on the New Made Hay (arr. Rebecca Clarke)
3. The Tailor and His Mouse (arr. Rebecca Clarke)
4. What lips my lips have kissed (Evan Premo)
5. Siks oon mÃ¤ suruinen (Toivo KÃ¤rki, arr. Premo)
6. I wonder as I wander (trad., arr. Benjamin Britten)
7. in Just- (from Seasonal Song Cycle by Evan Premo)
8. Summer Morning (from Seasonal Song Cycle by Evan Premo)
9. It would melt in my hand (from Seasonal Song Cycle by Evan Premo
10. Velvet Shoes (from Seasonal Song Cylce by Evan Premo)
11. The Fox (trad. New England, arr. Premo)
12. 'Si nighean mo ghaoil (trad. Gaelic)
13. I. Allegro con moto: Deep Creepy (from Three Vocalises for Doubl
14. II. Wadi (from Three Vocalises for Double Bass and Voice by Evan
15. III. Echo-jig (from Three Vocalises for Double Bass and Voice by
16. The Break-up of the Ice (Evan Premo)
17. Invention in Bb (J.S. Bach)
18. Searching for Lambs from Two English Folk Songs (arr. R Vaughn W
19. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)