“Beautiful Pain”

Sharon Johnson Poster - 2.18.15 Option2

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!

 

PROGRAMME

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

 

Masterclass at Houghton College, including both undergraduate and graduate students.
Masterclass at Houghton College, including both undergraduate and graduate students.
Houghton College Masterclass
Houghton College Masterclass
Concert at Alfred University, NY
Concert at Alfred University, NY
Houghton College Performance, NY
Houghton College Performance, NY

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