November 2, 2016
Resident Artist Recital Series
four recitals for just $52.50
FRENCH – The Music of Lili Boulanger
November 30 & December 1, 7:30pm
with Audrey Saint-Gil, music director and piano
Marie-Juliette Olga (“Lili”) Boulanger was a Parisian-born child prodigy, sister to noted composer Nadia Boulanger. In 1913 at the age of 19 she became the first woman to win the Prix di Rome composition prize for her cantata Faust et Hélène, The text was written by Eugene Adenis (1854-1923) based on Goethe’s Faust (performed at AVA in 2015).
Her life and work were troubled by chronic illness that cut her life short at the early age of 24 and she was buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre where her sister was also interred in 1979.
The program features both Faust et Hélène and a cycle of 13 songs called “clairière dans le ciel” or “clearing in the sky” performed by AVA’s award-winning Resident Artists.
CZECH – Dvorak, Martinu and Janacek
January 25 & 26, 7:30pm
with Luke Housner, music director and piano
A Czech compositional journey spanning 30 years woven together by common threads of Love and Dedication. We look forward to delving into three seldom-heard, rarely performed song cycles of Dvorak, Martinu and Janacek.
Dvorak love songs, composed in 1888, are poignantly melodic and contain a musical figuration quoting the Piano Quintet which was composed the year before.
Bohuslav Martinu’s song cycle of Nipponari’s texts of Japanese poems, translated into Czech, dating back to the 7th, 9th and 12th century.
Janacek’s Diary of One Who Has Vanished – 22 short episodic movements, the story follows the diary of a young man (tenor) who abandons his home and country for a gypsy woman (mezzo).
GERMAN – Expressionist
March 29 & 30
with Richard A. Raub, music director and piano
Repertoire from the start of the German expressionist period, the very beginning of the 20th century. Prominent composers of this era include Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg and Paul Hindemith.