8 pm Tuesday MARCH 3, 2015 | Second Presbyterian Church | 4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore 21218
A bouquet of rare blossoms to induce a midwinter reverie of heady aromas, whirling passion and bittersweet longing.
Brahms Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs)(selections)
Górecki Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters)
Lauridsen Mid-Winter Songs
Poulenc Sept Chansons (Seven Songs)(selections)
Handel Choir of Baltimore
Joy Schreier piano
Arian Khaefi conductor
Preconcert lecture at 7 pm by Sam Baltimore, lecturer in music history and cultures at Towson University.
Photo: Frosted Rose by Bill Tyne, Nov. 19, 2005.
MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), German composer and pianist, began work on the pulse-quickening Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs) in 1887. Conceived of as an exotic counterpart to the Liebeslieder waltzes, the texts are German adaptations of Hungarian folk songs depicting multiple facets of Romani life.
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963), French composer and pianist, composed his Sept Chansons as a set of miniatures with surrealist texts by Paul Éluard and Guillaume Apollinaire, poets prominent in the French Resistance. Along with other members of his compositional circle, “Les Six,” Poulenc was at the center of the Parisian avant-garde musical scene in the 1920s.
Henryk Górecki (1933–2010) is a Polish composer of contemporary classical music who first emerged in the post-Stalinist avant-garde. His Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters) draws on traditional rural Polish folk traditions encompassing courtship to harvest in communities whose fates are tied to great rivers. A portion of the text is in antiquated Polish.
American composer Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943), a 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient, chose for his Mid-Winter Songs texts by English poet, novelist, critic and classicist Robert Graves (1895-1985), perhaps best known for his historical novels I, Claudius and The Golden Fleece. The resulting cycle is ethereal and deeply moving, exploring life, death and regeneration through the reconceptualization, and in some cases humanization, of historical figures in Greek antiquity.
ACCOMPANIST JOY SCHREIER
Described by Plácido Domingo as an “orchestra at the piano,” guest accompanist Joy Schreier is praised by The Washington Post as “providing much of the evening’s musical nuance,” “so noteworthy that the room seemed to vibrate from her depth and skill,” and “perfection itself…the dream accompanist that a singer hopes to find.”
Schreier has been presented in recital at Carnegie Hall, including her sold-out debut in 2007, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Kennedy Center, and recital halls throughout the country. She serves as Assistant Conductor at the Washington National Opera, Pianist and Vocal Coach of the Cathedral Choral Society, as well as official pianist for the Washington International Voice Competition.
Photo: Jayla Photography
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