Our Voices: The Rise of the American VoiceFriday, January 24, 2020 - 7:30 pm
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About This Performance
American composers flocked to France after the war to study with Nadia Boulanger, who exhorted them to embrace their personal identities and seek out an “American voice.” This final program connects their contributions to contemporary composers Tania León, Caroline Shaw, and Nico Muhly, whose works help us understand who we are and encourage dialogue within the remarkable cultural diversity of 21st century America.
This concert is part of our Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Learn more about the inspirations behind Our Voices in the video preview below.
Sarah Shafer, soprano; Corinne Winters, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Douglas Williams, bass-baritone; Brooklyn Rider; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano
N. Boulanger: Écoutez la chanson bien douce
Thomson: Mostly About Love
Swanson: Songs [Sel.]
Carter: Three Poems of Robert Frost
Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson [Sel.]
Bonds: 3 Dream Portraits
Léon: Oh Yemanja – Mother’s Prayer
Shaw: And So
Nico Muhly: Stranger World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Major support for Emerging Voices has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage — with additional support from Grant Greapentrog, Constance & Michael Cone, and Vincent Tseng & Geoffrey Mainland.