Kurt Lichtmann

Ithaca College, M.M. Ed. Voice/Piano '82
2 links in the works { 7.13.18 }....!
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DECEMBER 2017 Program

MAY 2018 Program


A song mix of English, Italian (Neapolitan, Sicilian), German, Spanish, Hungarian, Tibetan (!) classical, pop, some opera, some folk, a lot of great music that you pretty much never hear in Ithaca, and certainly not by a bass-baritone! What do you get out of it? Love, love, more love! Fiesta of styles and tone colors! You will be entertained!

Kurt earned his Masters Degree in Music at Ithaca College, M.M. Ed. Voice/Piano, way back in 1982. Since then, he has sung on stage well over a thousand times. And now... he's back, with gratitude to his 2017 fabulous vocal coach Imogen Mills, I.C. Music Ed/Voice Class of 2018, his former I.C. voice teachers Leslie Bennett †, Roland Bentley † - and to the encouragment of vocal magician Claude Stein (Woodstock NY) to start performing again after a 25 year hiatus. Many thanks to his 2017-2018 Neapolitan language tutor Martina Edda De Biase, and Sicilian language tutor Viviana La Gaipa.

Reviews from the 2017-18 recital series!

"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful singing voice, musical expertise
and obvious enthusiasm for the pieces you performed."

"It was wonderful!"

"You connected with the audience more than any performer we have ever had!"

"Your program was very diverse and engaging - from the very serious love songs to the rollicking German hiking song, with other humorous and dramatic pieces mixed in."

"It was fun. You are quite an entertainer!"

"You have a beautiful voice."

"A good time was definitely had by all!"

"Thank you for your time and energy and providing us an entertaining evening. "

"I have a sense that everyone liked you and enjoyed the program. "

"Everything about tonight was Perfect! You are a fortune cookie!"

"Best entertainment we have ever had at McGraw House!"

Now celebrating the big 70, The singer's musical journey began shortly after birth (Highland Park NJ), hearing his father, a self-taught pianist, improvise for hours into the night. The memory of his mother's repeated plaint are today as clear as ever: "George, come to bed!" Dad was also fond of belting snatches of vaguely learned opera arias and odd songs he had heard in the army, in the European theater of WWII.

At age ten, the singer began playing guitar and singing pop tunes, mesmerized by the then current hits of Elvis Presley, Dion, and so on. He studied classical guitar for four years. In high school, he was a member of a performing folk ensemble, and later, in college, several short-lived rock bands.

Thrilled to the soul by the music of the Sage Chapel Choir, (choirmaster Donald R. M. Patterson †), Kurt founded the choral program at the Community School of Music & Art in 1978. He directed the a cappella Whiton Chorale for four joyous years, arranging, composing and preparing many hand-copied choral scores of all eras.

He attended Ithaca College for a Masters Degree in Music Education Voice/Piano 1979-82,. To the unending consternation of his beloved voice teachers (Leslie Bennett †, Roland Bentley †), Kurt would regularly come in with dubious repertoire choices: dramatic tenor arias (Corelli, Wunderlich...) for which he had hand-transposed the piano accompaniment way, way down for baritone. Older and slightly smarter, he has been studying the styles of many, many singers in Spanish, German, and Italian, finding/transposing songs suitable to his artistic temperment and vocal means, as his skill and artistry develop.

After Ithaca College, Kurt developed a successful public school music/english program, composing/performing over a thousand works in many styles, using students' lyrics. The New York State Board Of Education invited him to give presentations in Albany on several occasions. During these years, he also led the retro-rock and country band "The Corvettes" for ten swashbuckling years, playing 2-3 night per week, 50 weeks a year..

Today, Kurt is known regionally as an avid social dancer and dance instructor, teaching ballroom, swing and salsa dance with his wonderful dance partners at Ithaca Dance. He recently from ten years college teaching at Cornell University and Ithaca College. With a string of unrelated hobbies (elaborate electronic inventions, Sanskrit and Tibetan calligraphy, dance photography, and ??), he continues to compose, produce music videos, explore the unknown, and rejoice.