About This Performance
As the world descended into the Great War, composers joined the war effort, many as soldiers. The works on this program present the individual struggles of wartime and give voice to the many lives cut short. Of particular note is Lili Boulanger’s song cycle Clairières dans le ciel, whose expressions of loss are made all the more searing by the composer’s own imminent death.
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano
N. Boulanger: Soir d’hiver
Debussy: Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons
Granados: Tonadillas al estilo antiguo [Sel.]
Errollyn Wallen: Work TBA World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Gurney: Songs [Sel.]
L. Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel
Readings of poetry by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, E.E. Cummings, Rupert Brooke, and other WWI poets.
Major support for Emerging Voices has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage — with additional support from Grant Greapentrog, Constance & Michael Cone, Vincent Tseng & Geoffrey Mainland, and the Presser Foundation.