February, 2015 was been a busy month! A trip to upstate New York found me making new friends, seeing old ones, and finding space to let the music back in.
One old friend I got to see was Dr. Sharon Johnson. It was a pleasure to collaborate with this talented pianist again. Having met her in graduate school in 2001, she has remained a close friend and musical partner. It is amazing how important good relationships are in the world of collaborative music – singing with such a supportive artist at the piano is like coming home.
Several other friends I got reacquainted with include Gerald Finzi, Arnold Schoenberg, and Jacque Ibert. All composers of music I’ve done before, but have left for some time. What a thrill to perform music from 15 years ago!
In my time away, I sang two concerts – one at Houghton College and another at Alfred University. I was also able to work with students from both schools. What a privilege it is to engage with students who are so open to new ideas and to changing the way they think about singing. The teaching part of my livelihood is a blessing and an inspiration.
Thank you to those who hosted me for this inspiring week of work…and relaxation!
Adelaide, Op. 46 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Chansons de Don Quichotte – Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
I. Chanson du départ de Don Quichotte
II. Chanson à Dulcinée
III. Chanson du Duc
IV. Chanson de la mort de Don Quichotte
2 gesänge, Op. 1 – Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
No. 1. Dank
No. 2. Abschied
I said to Love – Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
I. I need not go
II. At Middle-Field Gat in February
III. Two Lips
IV. In five-score Summers (Meditation)
V. For Life I had never cared greatly
VI. I said to Love