Thursday, Aug 27, 2020 9:00p -
Boston, MA 02110
Music, Performing Arts, Virtual & Streaming
In the midst of silent concert halls and darkened churches, Emmanuel Music is pleased to announce a new series to lighten summer spirits. Beginning July 30 and unfolding over the coming weeks, the organization will present five virtual concerts of newly recorded and/or newly contextualized performances of music spanning nearly three centuries.
“Though this is a time of year when we are traditionally quiet, Emmanuel Music is moved by the pandemic to provide meaningful and thoughtfully created content for our community,” says Artistic Director Ryan Turner.
An extension of Emmanuel Music’s “Late Night” concept from recent seasons, this new summer series features music selected and curated by long-time affiliates, empowering our musicians to share their unique perspectives and talents. Turner and Emmanuel’s artistic staff chose the five programs from many proposals submitted for consideration.
“This series is an experiment,” says Emmanuel Director of Development Heath Marlow, “and depending on what we learn from it, we look forward to further experimentation during the upcoming season. "We are committed to continue finding ways to share our musicians' artistry with our audience.”
Videos of these wide-ranging concerts will be available on:
Facebook Live at 9PM: https://www.facebook.com/EmmanuelMusic
YouTube (the following day): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSqb9Ad3icEgRSShIo7wR0Q
Our website (the following day): www.emmanuelmusic.org
Inside Out - July 30
Violinist Rose Drucker and violist Daniel Doña break out of their roles as inner voices of the Arneis Quartet and share this program of duos inspired by folk traditions and mythology, including Bela Bartok’s "44 Duos," inspired by the folk music that he was collecting throughout Eastern Europe and North Africa. Bohuslav Martinů’s "Three Madrigals" were inspired by his love of English madrigals mixed with Bohemian and Moravian folk music and Bachian counterpoint. The program will end with Marco Adrián Ramos’s “The Hero Twins dance in the House of Knives,” a musical setting of a story from Mayan mythology. Drucker and Doña will speak about the different folk elements presented and give brief anecdotes from their 17 years of playing chamber music together.
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 - August 6
Soprano Sarah Moyer and pianist Timothy Steele present Barber's lush and dream-like piece Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in a reduced orchestration for piano. In conversation by Emmanuel Music Artistic Director Ryan Turner, Moyer and Steele will share insight into the text by poet James Agee as well as the recording process.
Night Game - August 13
In a live-streamed candlelit performance from the Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, violist Sarah Darling presents a program of meditative night-themed pieces by composers Alan Hovhaness, Caroline Shaw, Anthony Green, and others. Darling also will share spoken word pieces that explore the themes and context of each work in our present lives.
Colton Sings Marx - August 20
Kendra Colton revisits a never released recording made with pianist Laura Ward of stunning art songs by Austrian composer Joseph Marx, a composer and philosopher whose style can be compared to that of Wolf and Strauss. Made in the renowned acoustic gem of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA in 1999. In conversation with Artistic Director Ryan Turner, Colton will share insights into these unique pieces, the life of Marx, and the experience of returning to these recordings two decades after they were made.
Schlummert Ein... - August 27
Soprano Kristen Watson presents a new arrangement of Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen, the touching central aria of Bach’s Cantata BWV 82, Ich habe genug. Supported by the audio production of husband Eric Reustle, Watson presents this aria both as soloist and accompanist, redeveloping and recording the instrumental parts with her voice. Watson and Reustle will present this work alongside another new project they have developed and share insights into their recording and editing process.