Nadia Boulanger was one of the most influential composition teachers of all time. The list of her students reads like a Whos-Who of twentieth-century composers. This program celebrates the songs of Mme. Boulangers mentor, Gabriel FaurÃ©; her own fascinating works for voice and piano; songs by Mme. Boulangers students Aaron Copland and David Conte; and solo piano works by her student George Peter Tingley. Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich has been praised for her warm, lyric voice and communicative character portrayals. Joshua Kosman, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, noted her â€œnoble, vocally assured Dido, singing with stately grace and deep-rooted pathos.â€ And Jason Victor Serinius, reporting for San Francisco Classical Voice, wrote of a â€œdark mystery to the tone.â€ John Boyajy is one of the Bay Areas busiest concert pianists, appearing as piano soloist, collaborative pianist and guest soloist with local orchestras. Classicalsonoma.org heard â€œplaying of high drama . . . and romantic fervorâ€ and â€œan odyssey of rich sound.â€ He and Ms. Scharich have performed extensively to hugely appreciative LIEDER ALIVE! audiences. This event marks their Old First Concerts debut as a musical partnership, and promises to be a powerful and fascinating concert.