Francophilia

 Nikki Einfeld, soprano (photo by Vivian Sachs)

Nikki Einfeld, soprano (photo by Vivian Sachs)

Claude Debussy
Chansons de Bilitis
Cello Sonata (performance in Berkeley only)

Jules Massenet 
Elegie for Soprano, Cello, and Piano

Ned Rorem 
Selections from Last Poems of Wallace Stevens for Soprano, Cello, and Piano

Kurt Rohde
Power is Everywhere (2016-17) an observed distraction for Soprano and small ensemble on texts of Michel Foucault WORLD PREMIERE (performance in SF only)

Aaron Copland
Laurie's Song from The Tender Land  for Soprano and Piano

André Caplet 
Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire for Soprano, Flute and Piano

Henri Dutilleux 
Sonatine for Flute and Piano

Maurice Ravel
Chansons madécasses 

French music stands apart - distinctively
sophisticated, refined, brutal and ravishing.

 

In this program of music for soprano, flute, cello and piano, listen and consider the question: “What defines the French sound?”

According to American composer Ned Rorem, “..the solar system is torn between two aesthetics: French and German...Blue is French. Red is German. Yes is French. No is German.” Rorem believed he and Aaron Copland belonged in the French category.

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Doors open an hour before concerts. Open seating. 

SAN FRANCISCO
SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:30PM

BERKELEY
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St, Berkeley
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Thursday, June 1, 2017 7:30PM  

photo credit (banner): Henri Cartier-Bresson