Sarah Shafer, soprano
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo
Jonathan Ware, piano
Odds Bodkin, narrator

Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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About This Performance

Using the lyrics of Dvořák’s sublime Moravian duets as inspiration, the inimitable storyteller Odds Bodkin has crafted an original fairytale, Danika the Rose, which is woven throughout the musical performance of Dvořák’s duets. An unshakable kinship with the natural world, a courageous heroine, and love triumphant unite in a melding of story and song for our tumultuous time.

This concert is supported in part by Grant Greapentrog

The Artist(s)

Sarah Shafer, soprano
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer  for her “crystalline sound, perfectly true intonation, glowing warmth, and total presence” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer actively appears on the leading operatic and concert stages of the world. The 2018 – 2019 season saw Ms.… Read More
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano
Hailed as "fulminant" by the Berliner Morgenpost and "clearly a singer to watch" by the New York Times, Jazimina MacNeil's recent and upcoming performances include Mahler's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony; the roles of Anna in Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins at the Tanglewood Music Festival;… Read More
Jonathan Ware
Jonathan Ware, piano
Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler Berlin’, where he now teaches, alongside the Barenboim-Said Academy. His Awards include 1st Prize with Ludwig Mittelhammer in the International Hugo Wolf Competition and the Pianist’s Prize at the Das Lied, and Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competitions.… Read More
Odds Bodkin
Odds Bodkin, narrator
Since 1982, master storyteller, author, and musician Odds Bodkin has combined dramatic voices, vocal effects, narrative, and live music to create imaginative experiences for audiences. During those decades he has created hundreds of tales that range from a four hour version of The Odyssey to children’s musicals. A published children’s author and award-winning recording artist,… Read More


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