A picture from rehearsal today! That's the back of my head over there by the harp... haha~
And here is a sound clip from one of my favorite spots in the work! (4th movement -- "The Evening Star is the most beautiful of all stars.")
You won't want to miss this show!
In addition to the beautiful Five Images After Sappho, there will be a premier by a talented student composer, one of Ligeti's most influential works, an amazing horn student of Gail Williams (Russell Rybicki), the wonderful Jim Giles (piano faculty)on a Salonen solo work (Sisar) and of course the fabulous BCE led by Donald Nally. More details on the blog post previous to this one! HERE is ticket info.
Concert Program Order:
Salonen Two Songs from the Kalender Röd (performed by Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble- led by Donald Nally
This ensemble was recently invited to perform on Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series! They are fantastic and I miss singing with them in my student days!)
Here are program notes about Two Songs from the Kalender Röd
Salonen Concert Étude for Solo Horn
(performed by Russell Rybicki)
for solo piano (performed by Jim Giles)
Carlo Diaz Reach too Far
(NU student world premiere/CME- Vincent Povazsay, conductor)
Ligeti Chamber Concerto
(CME-Alan Pierson, conductor
& co-Artistic Director of Alarm Will Sound in NYC )
Salonen Five Images after Sappho
CME-Ben Bolter, conductor and Rachel Sparrow, Soprano
Here are program notes about Five Images After Sappho
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.