Recitals, lecture-recitals and workshops:
“The Old Wicked Songs of Heinrich Heine”
A concert inspired by the nineteenth-century salon, featuring narration with commentary and translations, projected images representing a pictorial biography of Heine, and art songs by such composers as Franz, Brahms, Hensel, Clara Schumann and Ives, along with Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
“Die Schoene Muellerin”
A concert of the great song cycle by Franz Schubert.
“New York Meets Old Vienna”
An evening of music from the Golden and Silver Ages of Operetta and the Golden Age of American Song, featuring works by Strauss, Kálmán, Lehár and Gershwin.
“Fair Maidens, Magic Harps and Castles by the Sea: Rediscovering the Romantic Melodramas of Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, and Strauss”
A program that features nineteenth century works for narrator and piano and traces this art form from Benda’s Ariadne auf Naxos through operetta and musical theatre.
“George Gershwin and the Politics and Music of the 1930s”
This program features Gershwin’s songs and solo piano works, transcribed from Gershwin’s performances on piano rolls, and includes projected images, commentary, and a look at the political/social changes in the 1930s which affected music, such as the Nazi race laws, Anne Frank and the European Opera and Operetta.
“The Lady of Boston and Munich: From Brimmer Street to Brienner Strasse, The Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang”
A concert of the music and writings of one of the first noted American female composers, including works such as “Ojalá” and “Snowflakes”, performed at the Paris Exhibition in 1889.
“Nuits d’été à Pausillipe”
A concert featuring the art of bel canto with arias by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti on the first half and Donizetti’s collection of arias and duets, Nuits d’été à Pausillipe, on the second. Includes narration, surtitles and projected images and is done with a guest tenor or soprano. http://newrivervoice.com/archives/797
“The Forgotten Women of the fin de siècle: The Songs and Solo Piano Works of Margaret Ruthven Lang, Mathilde Kralike von Mayerswalden, Alma Mahler, Lili Boulanger and Alice Mary Smith”
A program featuring the works of several women composers whose music and careers were of significance at the turn of the century. Performances, excerpts from their writings and projected images are included.
“Franz Liszt and his Enigmatic Songs of Laura, Love and Longing”
A program featuring Liszt’s Petrarch songs, exploring Liszt’s versions of the songs and his interpretations of Petrarch’s poetry and the illusive Laura.
“Heinrich Heine and ‘Du bist wie eine Blume’: Transcending Borders, Cultures and Time”
Heinrich Heine’s famous poem “Du bist wie eine Blume” (“You are like a flower”)
has been set to music by over 400 composers. This program features settings
by such composers as Wolf, Rachmaninoff, and deKoven, as well as Lord Berners,
whose musical setting took Heine’s alleged assertion seriously, that although it seems to be
a poem describing a beautiful child, it was really about a white pig about to be slaughtered.
“Sound, Sentiment and Subtleties of Expression: What Singers and Pianists Can Learn From Each Other”
A workshop centered on building the musicality and performing abilities from the perspectives of both singer and pianist. The methods of Wesley Balk are included
as well as specific exercises and musical examples.