Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:30

Laying Down the Law

Songs and Arias on Social Justice

Patrice Michaels, soprano,
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet
and Kuang-Hao Huang, piano


  • Laurie Altman's "Laments of the Homeless Women" with John Bruce Yeh, clarinet
  • Derrick Wang's "You Are Searching In Vain For A Bright Line Solution" from Scalia/Ginsburg
  • selections from "The Long View," a new song cycle about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Building

1010 East 59th Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60657

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Patrice Michaels, soprano
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

“The Long View” song cycle premier

Thursday, May 26, 11:30am
Second Judicial Circuit Bench/Bar Conference
Saratoga Springs, New York
By invitation only


Music of LAURIE ALTMAN takes center stage in March, as Patrice heads back into the studio with  3-time Grammy Winning Producer Judith Sherman to record Laments Of The Homeless Women with CSO clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and pianist par excellence Kuang-Hao Huang.  The recording will be released on the NEOS label out of Switzerland, Patrice’s third release for Laurie Altman on that label.

Writing and singing - singing and writing - Patrice is laboring long and joyously over the project that has grown out of "Anita's Story," the song she wrote for her illustrious mother-in-law's 80th birthday, which is included on INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song. That text is now one of nine that will comprise a 'portrait in song' of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, titled "The Long View."  Patrice and Kuang-Hao will perform five of the songs on their concert in May at University of Chicago, and then travel to upstate New York to participate in their first (and likely only) "Bench-Bar," a conference of judges and lawyers, in this case for the Second Circuit Court, at which the songs will be discussed and officially debuted in honor of Her Honor, Notorious RBG!

Critical Acclaim

"a supple voice with the ring of Waterford crystal, and seems to be able to sing anything effortlessly" (Chicago Tribune)

Dramatic Concerts


Unique dramatic concert with full orchestra or chamber ensemble gives musical glimpse of five sopranos in Mozart's Vienna

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Familiar and newly-commissioned blues, ragtime, ballads and art songs in a chamber music format linking jazz and classical music.

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45 minutes of stories in song and space showcasing the current state of composed and improv solo singing.

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Children's introduction to opera features inspiration and creativity, a puppet heroine, audience participation and original music by Patrice.

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Dramatic Concerts

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  • "A formidable interpretative talent” (The New Yorker ) with “a voice that is light, rich and flexible” (Opera News ), Ms. Michaels sings the concert and operatic repertoire, and presents four marvelously unique and entertaining dramatic concerts. She is recorded on over two dozen critically acclaimed discs for Cedille, Albany and other labels. Patrice is in demand as a master clinician, and serves as Director of Vocal Studies at The University of Chicago. (full bio)

  • Patrice is composing a song cycle titled The Long View, which will premier at the Second Circuit Bench/Bar meeting in May as the semi-annual special featured event. The subject of the song cycle is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as depicted through the words of a variety of individuals who’ve known this incredible woman in varied ways throughout her eight decades. “Anita’s Story,” released as a single song on the INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song CD last year, is included in this musical tribute, which will be sung by Patrice at the premier, collaborating with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang.

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