Lisa Egert-Smith, Soprano
Franz Laniznger, Piano
"In Egern on the Tegern" See is from the movie, Music in the Air. It is written by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It's about a town in Germany called Egern. A couple lives there and they like to watch the sunset until it's dark outside and then lay under the stars and enjoy each others' company.
This is Lisa and Franz's very first single from their upcoming album, Love and Dreams.
Lisa Egert-Smith is a coloratura soprano from Mountain View, California, who has a long and abiding love of music. She was born in Palo Alto, CA and has been studying voice with the highly regarded Evaldo Dal Poggetto for more than a decade. She has sung and danced in Carmen and sung in Madama Butterfly with West Bay Opera. She has also performed at various venues with Mission City Opera and danced with the Nirkoda Dance Troupe. She performs at concerts, fundraisers, private parties, charity functions, communions, and weddings, as well as public events throughout the Bay Area. In addition to being a singer, Lisa draws and paints and is a mother to eight-year old twins. She volunteers as an Art Docent in the schools and works as a Reiki practitioner. Lisa’s interests include meditation, yoga, reading, and hiking.
Franz Lanzinger is an accomplished pianist and accompanist from Sunnyvale, California. He has performed as a vocal and instrumental piano accompanist, soloist and rehearsal pianist since 1974. He has extensive experience with classical chamber music including most of the Violin and Piano Repertoire and the Piano Trio Repertoire. In addition to accompanying Lisa on piano, Mr. Lanzinger is the accompanist for the Valley Chorale, playing for weekly rehearsals and performing in twenty concerts per year at various locations in Northern California.
In the sixties and seventies Mr. Lanzinger studied classical piano at the Innsbruck Music School in Innsbruck, Austria, and received private lessons from Ejnar Krantz, Robert Hamilton, and Professor William Cerny, chairman of the Music Department at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Lanzinger’s musical expertise has extended into video game music production, for the arcade game “Crystal Castles,” the Nintendo game “Krazy Kreatures,” the PC game “Gubble,” and more.
The town of Egern is now called Rottach-Egern. Here are some tidbits from the town's website:
Discover the many sights around Lake Tegernsee, an area whose far-reaching history has left many awe-inspiring traces. Artists, musicians, statesmen and nobility have lived in the fine houses that appeared after the first monks settled in the valley. You will note their legacy in the buildings they erected, the music and paintings from many eras of local artistic activity. The witnesses of over a thousand years of human life in the valley can be found in many commemorative plaques, in the architecture itself that spans various epochs, in the churches, chapels, castles and cloisters – such as that of the Tegernsee Abbey with its impressive frescoes by famous Hans Georg Asam. But the backbone of Tegernsee society has always been quotidian agricultural and small town life with its guilds, annual rites and crafts traditions. Everyday life has been minutely recorded through the many household items, tools, and pieces of clothing displayed in various museums of local history, including cake tins, snuff boxes, and the infamous Bavarian ‘wolpertinger’, a creature made up of the fur, claws, teeth and horns of many different species. Even the Celts have left their traces in the shape of a tree circle and horoscope near the River Rottach. And the valley’s landscape is a testament to the natural history of central Europe, where colliding landmasses piled up the Alpine mountain range and various ice ages dug riverbeds and lakes where the glaciers ended. Discover flora and fauna of the region by following one of many educational trails through the forests or along the lakeshore.