It was such an honor last evening to perform this beautiful piece for soprano and chamber ensemble for the renowned composer himself! As we honored Esa- Pekka Salonen for winning the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music's Nemmer's Prize for Composition. This concert paid tribute to him and I am so happy to have been a part of it! Thanks to all of my friends who came to see it! And if you missed it... Here's some pictures, (Thank you Liz Hansen!) and the finished video recording of the performance below! Enjoy!
I am unbelievably happy and grateful to Donald Nally for recommending me to perform this fantastic work! And to Ben Bolter, thank you for being amazing-- you are infallible. Esa-Pekka Salonen it was an honor to sing for you and to meet you~thank you for writing such a fantastic piece, it was a journey and an adventure!
"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.