Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chanson für Morgen (premiere): music by Bay Area composers Garner, Getty, Conte, Bilotta, Adams

After an embarassingly long absence from posting on my blog--can blogs whither and die from loneliness? If so, mine should have--I've got a short and shameful plug for my upcoming concert. In all fairness, it's got some pretty cool music, all by Bay Area composers, including a great new piece by David Garner that the amazing Kristin Pankonin and I will be premiering.

So, disclaimer done, here's the plug and the promo blurb--and
I do hope to see you there!
Don't miss the premiere of David Garner's new song cycle, Chanson für Morgen this Saturday, April 2, in Berkeley, at Trinity Chamber Concerts (2320 Dana), 8 p.m.

Soprano Nanette McGuinness and pianist Kristin Pankonin will be performing a program of music by Bay Area composers, including John Adams, John Bilotta, David Conte, Gordon Getty, and--of course-- David Garner.

The concert features the premiere of Garner's new song cycle, Chanson für Morgen, with texts by the witty and evocative German/ Polish Jewish poet, Mascha Kaleko (1907-1975). Written for McGuinness and Pankonin, Chanson für Morgen is supported by the East Bay Community Foundation and also by your very generous donations to the EBFA's challenge commissioning grant last fall. The concert is also produced in association with the 26th Annual Jewish Music Festival.

Concert information:
When: April 2, 2011, 8 p.m.
Where: Trinity Chamber Concerts, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley
Tickets:Trinity Chamber Concerts

About Mascha Kaleko: A member of the so-called "los
t-generation," Kaleko is part the Jewish diaspora whose futures were destroyed during the Holocaust—despite their being fortunate enough to escape with their lives. After her family immigrated to Germany, Kaleko g
rew up to become a member of the pre-war artistic intelligentsia in Berlin. Her first publications of satiric verses were banned by the Nazis in the mid-1930s, and she left Germany for the U.S. shortly before World War II. She remainoed in exile for the rest of her life, first in the U.S. and then in Israel. Her story—as an eternal emigrant and exile, a Jew, a woman, and a mother—and her poetry both still resonate today.