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We will let Cary tell the story in his own words:
“There are special pleasures afforded us when we hear artists singing in their language of origin. This may be the first multi-singer VRCS program in which no one sings in any language other than their own! The naturalness and familiarity with one’s mother tongue allow for an immediacy and spontaneity of communication not available to non-native speakers. And when the source material is from the homeland, another element enters the picture: pride in one’s country, one’s culture, one’s people.
This presentation will feature a great variety of selections in the vernacular of the singer. There will be a classic zarzuela performance by a soprano who was a virtual ambassador for three centuries of Spanish music, a fascinating song of Glinka, by turns stirring and eerie, delivered as to the manner born by the basso who was responsible for introducing Russian opera to the West, and a favorite number from Handel’s MESSIAH, in an unparalleled performance by a beloved British mezzo. But we will also hear famous arias, songs and scenes in unexpected translations. Verdi in German? Schumann in Russian? Bizet in English? Each is a surprisingly successful account, offering the opportunity to listen to thrice-familiar material with fresh ears.
In addition to the expected Italian, French and German, a wide linguistic landscape will be represented, including Yugoslavian, Yiddish, Scottish Gaelic, and Icelandic. And while many legendary and iconic singers will be featured, there will also be the less familiar, including a few who may be new even to members of this exalted society!”
Please join Music’s leading psychotherapist for two hours of mad musical and linguistic analysis!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 (THE FIRST
FRIDAY!) TIME: 7:30PM SHARP
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