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Come Down Angels: A Program of Vocal Works by Women Composers


These beautiful compositions are set by a group of composers that have been unfairly marginalized. The songs are of the highest quality, deserving to be heard. Henry H. Pleas III and Casey Robards interpretations are lively, expressive and and bring the beauty of this music to life.

Amy Beach
Amy Beach



Henry H. Pleas IIIHenry H. Pleas III has appeared as leading tenor in many operatic productions, including work as soloist for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Skylight Opera Theater and Chicago Opera Theater. He is a frequent recitalist, engaged both in Europe and the United States. He has performed Schubert's Winterreise and Schwanengesang, Liszt's Petrarch Sonnets, and a good deal of the song repertoire from Benjamin Britten.

Henry was a finalist in the Lotte Lehman CyberSing competition, and a past participant in the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists (now the Ryan Center). Henry Pleas' performance with Chamber Opera Chicago was described by ChicagoClassicalReview.com as "riveting". He sang on tour with the nationally regarded American Spiritual Ensemble in spring of 2016. For more information about Henry H. Pleas III visit www.henrypleas3.com

Casey RobardsCasey Robards has appeared in concert with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Central America, Europe and Asia. Recent local engagements include performing the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with the Alma Symphony, and music directing/conducting You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown for Alma College. Casey has been a Bay View Faculty Artist since 2008. At the Bay View Music Festival she is head of the collaborative piano fellow program, conductor/coach for the SOARS (Summer Opera Scenes, Art Song and Recording Seminar), pianist/vocal coach for the American Spiritual Intensive program, and solo and chamber music pianist throughout the summer season. Dr. Robards currently teaches at Central Michigan University. She has previously worked as a vocal coach on the faculty of Indiana University and as a postdoctoral vocal accompanist at Oberlin Conservatory. For more information about Casey Robards visit www.caseyrobards.com