What do Emma Lazarus, Paul Simon, Emily Dickinson and Sully Prudhomme have in common? They all wrote poetry I am singing at the Solidarity Salon on August 24. My colleague Lisa DeSiro creates these, with lots of poets and few musicians. We each do a short set. I make my own mix of singing the “regular tune” and having my way with the compositions. Info in the flyer, above.
Public performances in which I sing or conduct a group of singers
Upcoming concert of 1. the lovely choir I conduct, and 2. a really fun cake with my mugshot (oops, headshot) alongside Handel and our harpsichordist right on the frosting! The Handel class was at NEC; the JP Jubilee is 75+ singers right in Jamaica Plain.
Sunday, January 27 at 3:30; Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
What a pleasure to come back to a piece after some years and find deeper understanding as I rework it. Dana Maiben wrote “The Green House” and recently won the Miriam Gideon Prize for it, so we get to do it again. The poem, by Martha Collins of Cambridge, is a dreamscape in which one goes on over time, much as one would fall back asleep and return to the (somewhat) same dream. One of my favorite lines:
It wouldn’t be true. The orphan in the story
is only a sign of trying to start things over,
as if you could do it yourself, without a mother.
by Martha Collins, “The Green House”
Music Composed by Women Past and Present
The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University. Presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.
This year’s concert will be curated by composer, violinist and conductor Dana Maiben, a WSRC Scholar and winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition “The Green House.” The concert will feature the Mockingbird Trio and guests performing the prize-winning composition along with new work by Maiben and other Boston area women.
This concert is made possible thanks to the generous support of WSRC board co-chair Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, ’66, in honor of her uncle and aunt, Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio.
No one will accuse me of programming too much “holiday music” this December for JP Jubilee. We’re talking about DESPAIR! The 7th Deadly Sin. Fun and funny song; we’ll also sing Never Never Land to keep you weepin’ in a sweet way.
We’ve had a couple of terrific outreach concerts this Fall–a Thanksgiving lunch for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, at a senior/disabled housing in my neighborhood, and the 150th anniversary of Curtis Hall. Now we’re ready for our short and sweet final concert, Saturday December 8 at 2:00. You’ll be done singing along (and clapping) by 3.
On another note, save the date for a performance by the Mockingbird Trio plus a few wind players: Sunday January 27 at 3:30pm at Brandeis, we’ll be reprising Dana Maiben’s The Green House. Details below:
The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University
Folks, if you’ve been around me this century, you’ll know that a LOT of wonderful music has been written for me and my pals, Scott (Woolweaver) and John (McDonald), otherwise known as the Mockingbird Trio.
We are delighted to offer sound and links for you and any aspiring contralti, violists (and pianists who want to make music with their alto and violist friends).
Twelve songs on modern American poets were recorded live, and they are here on the website, along with links to the composers so you may contact them directly for sheet music. Many of them have written a LOT of songs for us, like Fran Trester, who even wrote a 2-person opera called 334 Bunnies.
If you know any contralti or violists, please direct them to this website. We want to SHARE this wonderful material!
Thanks to Angie Flores of Adstrum Media for her help in putting the new site together, and love to all who knew Don. Truly a wonderful colleague and friend.
I grew up with fog, and sang on the way to Oakland High madrigals at 7:30 in the morning. It made my hair wavy like Janis Joplin…
On Saturday September 22, I’ll be singing with a fog/art project at the Arnold Arboretum. Maria Finkelmeier’s piece for voices, brass and percussion lasts 20 minutes, so we’ll do it three times: 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30, right by the front gate and Hunnewell building. Free and you are invited to wander around us as we make music!
Water Music: 5 premiers, sung and played at the Esplanade on the longest day of the year…this is what I call new music heaven…percussion, brass and voices. I can’t wait to hear what they all sound like out there, and I cannot imagine what the audience will experience as they wander through the Esplanade island near the Hatch Shell, among and between us performing musicians. It’s sure to be a great event–I have done other large-scale pieces with Maria Finkelmeier, the organizer (“In C”, “Inuksuit” at the Arboretum, playing the wall of the Green Monster during a light show), and trust her implicitly. These compositions are by Maria herself, Marti Epstein, Anthony Green, Neil Parsons and Manuel Garcia Albornoz. 7:30-9pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the River Charles in Boston…
I’m excited about the upcoming recital at the new Middlebury Song Fest this Friday evening, May 18. Favorite songs written in the recent past, very accessible tunes on New England poets, with a bit of improvisation and whimsy thrown in. Peter Cirka on piano, (until I play on my own arrangement of a Ricky Ian Gordon tune). We’ll also teach the audience a few settings of Emmas Lazarus’ famous “Give me your tired…” and a fun song about the library by Deborah Henson-Conant.
Bonus for Boston area friends: an open dress rehearsal at the JP branch of the public library on Wednesday May 26, 2:30-3:30. (30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, downstairs).
What a delight to come together with my pals to revisit some delightful 21st century song cycles by Fran Trester and learn some new tunes! Celebrating Scott Woolweaver’s birthday (Mr. Viola to you), John McDonald has written a gorgeous new tune on a poem of Scott’s friend, Cheryl Savageau, called “Equinox”. It’s about a goldfinch, natch, because we are all a bit bird- and nature-crazy in this trio. John plays piano for the rest of the pieces, but this bird song is just contralto and viola and it might rival John’s “The Mockingbird of Mockingbirds”, which was written for a big birthday celebration of mine in 2004.
Here are the details for the two concerts, both at All Newton Music School
321 Chestnut Street West Newton, MA 02465 (617) 527-4553
Sunday March 11, 3:00pm Scott’s birthday bash with nice reception afterwards. Free, lots of good music for viola and I will be part of the 2nd half. Includes “Domestic Affairs” by Francine Trester (10 songs on domestic life, including raccoons in the garbage and a bird named Ruffles) and “Equinox” by John McDonald (premier, described above).
Friday March 23, 11:00am All-Mockingbird Trio in an informal setting, which includes lunch afterward. $30, reservations required. Program includes Howard Frazin’s “A Wren” and “Lullaby”, song cycles about birds by Francine Trester and John McDonald, his new “Equinox” and “The Mockingbird of Mockingbirds”. Some on poetry by Denise Levertov; Fran writes her own fabulous lyrics. Howard Frazin’s Viola Sonata is also featured (premier, also being heard on March 11 concert).
How fun is this? For me, nothing more delightful than singing beautiful 21st century music that was written for me and my pals, on gorgeous texts and getting to play music with them again after a hiatus (John was on sabbatical, after being dept. chair and other grown-up duties).
Mockingbird illustration by Lisa French.
There are video and photo montages of the show I sang in North Carolina this past July on this site An Extra Penny.
Scroll down for the video; I appear at about 6:15 and at the end, and on the way you can hear the beautiful music by Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian and view so many of my colleagues.