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Lunaire: A Vocal Salon for the New Moon.

October 13, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tuesday October 13th 2015, 09.00PM

Tickets $50

Eventbrite - LUNAIRE

 
The American Irish Historical Society & Ensemble LPR proudly announce LUNAIRE: A Vocal Salon for the New Moon at the American Irish Historical Society.

Ensemble LPR, following their Deutsche Grammophon recording earlier this year and an acclaimed Central Park performance this summer, will make their debut at The American Irish Historical Society performing Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 featuring soprano Mellissa Hughes.

 

Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire remains a vanguard work. First performed in 1912, it was not only the precursor to twelve tone technique but its instrumentation became so standard for 20th century composers that it is still the instrumental basis for many groups formed today.

The program will also include the world premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s “Lamplighting,”featuring mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell joined by narrator Tom Schubert and vocalist Hannah Sumner. Romaneiro’s latest is a work for voice and ensemble with poetry by Christopher Cahill.  Inspired by Pierrot Lunaire’s theme and orchestration (with added percussion and electronics), “Lamplighting” takes the listener on a journey of rhythm and counterpoint expressing a fundamental connection made by the unconscious between feelings that are normally poles apart: life and death, pleasure and pain, ecstasy and melancholy. This will be the fifth premiere Ensemble LPR has given this year.

 

The setting for this performance is worth noting: The American Irish Historical Society is a landmark building in New York City, beloved for its historically preserved turn-of-the-century stylized interior. On the location for the event, Ensemble LPR’s Founding Executive and Artistic Director David Handler remarked:“It is a privilege to bring Ensemble LPR to The American Irish Historical Society. The building’s exquisite and otherworldly charm make it the perfect place for a chamber concert, and the Society’s commitment to language and its countrymen’s gift for the written word make the vocal salon an ideal fit. Alongside Pierrot, the piece that defined this now classic instrumentation, the premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s “Lamplighting” inspired by and set to the poem of Christopher Cahill offers a new perspective to not only on the “Pierrot ensemble” but also its subject, the moon, on this moonless Autumn night.”

On the Program:
 
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (1912)
Pierrot Lunaire is a melodrama (a genre in vogue at the end of the nineteenth century) that uses the setting of 21 selected poems from Otto Erich Hartleben’s German translation of Albert Giraud’s cycle of French poems of the same name. The narrator/soprano delivers the poems in the Sprechstimme style, a vocal techniques between singing and speaking. The work is atonal with expressionistic settings of the text, with their echoes of German cabaret.
 
Ricardo Romaneiro: Lamplighting (2015)
Lamplighting is a work for voice and ensemble by composer Ricardo Romaneiro with poetry by Christopher Cahill.  Inspired by Pierrot Lunaire’s theme and orchestration (with added percussion and electronics), Lamplighting takes the listener on a journey of harmonic drones and counterpoint, expressing a fundamental connection made by the unconscious between feelings that are normally poles apart: life and death, pleasure and pain, ecstasy and melancholy.
 
 
 
Ensemble LPR, an elite assemblage of New York-based concert musicians, personifies (Le) Poisson Rouge’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence. The group performs a wide spectrum of music, from works by leading living composers to compelling interpretations of the standard repertoire, and collaborates with distinguished artists from both classical and non-classical backgrounds—Timo Andres, Simone Dinnerstein, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Daniel Hope, Taka Kigawa, Jennifer Koh, Mica Levi (Micachu & The Shapes), John Lurie, Ursula Oppens, Max Richter, André de Ridder, Christopher Rountree, and Fred Sherry, to name a few.  In January of this year Ensemble LPR made its Deutsche Grammophon debut with Follow Poet, an album of music by Mohammed Fairouz with words by W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney and John F. Kennedy.

Details

Date:
October 13, 2015
Time:
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue

American Irish Historical Society
991 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 United States
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Phone:
(212)288-2263
Website:
www.aihs.org


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