BMI Nightcap Series: Amy Jarman, soprano
2/3/2014, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall (Google map of this location)
8 p.m. Pre-concert talk
8:30 p.m. 50-minute performance
BMI Nightcap Series - Amy Jarman, soprano with Jared Hauser, oboe, William Wiggins, percussion, Jennifer McGuire, piano, The Atlantic Ensemble (Wei Tsun Chang, violin, Seanad Chang, viola and Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello), The Blair String Quartet (Christian Teal and Cornelia Heard, John Kochanowski, viola and Felix Wang, cello), and Joel Reist, double bass
Two Premieres — An Evening of Vocal Chamber Music by Stan Link, John Harbison and André Previn
Soprano Amy Jarman is joined by several of her Blair colleagues for an evening of vocal chamber music, including the premiere performance of a new work written for her by Blair School composer Stan Link, setting texts by Jarman’s husband, poet Mark Jarman, Dispatches from Devereux Slough. The poems were written while the Jarmans were living near Santa Barbara, Calif., in Fall 2008, and were published in Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems (Sarabande Books, 2011). The poems are snapshots of the natural world as discovered through daily walks near the ocean. This beautifully evocative set of songs is written for soprano, oboe, percussion, and piano quartet.
The second premiere performance on the program is a new work written in 2013 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison and commissioned by a national consortium, including the Blair School. The performance of Crossroads, with texts by poet Louise Glück selected from her recent book, A Village Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), is part of the premiere year in the life of this work, which is scored for soprano, oboe, string quartet, and double bass. Rounding out the evening is André Previn’s 1994 composition, Four Songs for Soprano, Cello and Piano. With texts by Toni Morrison that are alternately sassy, contemplative and moving, this work has become a standard of the chamber music repertory.
A pre-concert talk will be given by poet Mark Jarman, Amy Jarman’s husband and the Vanderbilt Cornelius Professor of English. This program will be recorded for later broadcast on Nashville Public Television’s NPT-2 signal.
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