La France Moderne Includes American Premiere of Lost Masterpiece by Jean Barraqué
What: La France IV: La France Moderne
When: Friday, February 2nd, 7:30PM
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Who: Lucy Fitz-Gibbon, Charlotte Mundy, soprano; Steven Eddy, baritone; Mike Brofman, Miori Sugiyama, piano
Program: Edgar Varese: Un Grand Sommeil Noir, Henri Dutilleux: 2 Sonnets de Jean Cassou,
Jean Barraqué: 3 Mélodies (American Premiere), Olivier Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi
On Friday February 2nd, 2018 Brooklyn Art Song Society presents the 4th installment of its ambitious 5-concert series La France: La France Moderne. La France Moderne explores the musical landscape of France after World War II through song. Soprano Charlotte Mundy performs Oliver Messiaen’s monumental Poèmes pour Mi, written for his first wife; baritone Steven Eddy (winner, Joy in Singing) performs Henri Dutilleux’s early masterpiece 2 Sonnets de Jean Cassou; and soprano Lucy Fitz-Gibbon gives the American premiere of underrated master Jean Barraqué’s 3 Mélodies on texts by Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and from the Psalm of Psalms. This concert is proceeded by a pre-concert lecture by acclaimed composer Daniel Felsenfeld at 7:00PM.
About La France:
Brooklyn Art Song Society presents five concerts exploring all things French, from masterpieces by Hector Berlioz to American premieres by Jean Barraqué. Spanning the elegant to the existential, the dramatic to the absurd, La France presents over 100 melodies by 20 of the greatest French composers sung by todays best interpreters of song.
About the Brooklyn Historical Society:
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today’s BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its eighth season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2017, having earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music.
The New York Times called BASS “a company well worth watching” and Voce di Meche hailed, “as long as BASS is around we do not need to worry about the future of art song in the USA.” Opera News writes, “Brooklyn Art Song Society keeps the intimate recital alive with innovative programming,” and the New Yorker praised BASS as “uncompromisingly dedicated to continuing the traditions of classical art song, both old and new.”
Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schubert’s last year, a five-concert survey of the songs of Les Six, and the complete output of Hugo Wolf over six seasons. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Michael Djupstrom, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, Glen Roven, Andrew Staniland, Scott Wheeler and Yehudi Wyner, and many others. In May 2015 BASS released its first album, New Voices on Roven Records, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts.
Highlights from this season include the five-concert series La France, two world premiere commissions by acclaimed composers Harold Meltzer and Kurt Rohde, a west coast tour, including performances on KING FM 98.1, Seattle’s classical radio station, and an artist residency at University of California- Davis. In addition to monthly concerts in Brooklyn, BASS has traveled to Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, ME and held residencies at University of Notre Dame and University of Chicago. Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to make the Brooklyn Historical Society its primary venue, and also has lasting relationships with National Sawdust and the Brooklyn Public Library. BASS’s artist roster features over 40 of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org.