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26th Annual Week After Art Fair Song Fest: Special Guest Artist – Liz Pearse
July 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation, open seating
Singing while accompanying oneself at the piano is not a “new” endeavor– but in the realm of art song, it is certainly unusual. Performer Liz Pearse’s self-accompanied recitals hearken back to the era of the salon: An informal, intimate, and fresh atmosphere in which to absorb songs both old and new. This particular evening presents some gems of 19th/20th century song, including a centennial celebration of Francis Poulenc’s La bestiaire, alongside contemporary works inspired by animals.
The evening will conclude with the world premiere of Ann Arbor-based composer Christopher Burns’ number opera,
a multi-movement work exploring the beauty of mathematical equations.
Betsy Jolas – Mon ami
Erik Satie – Trois melodies de 1916
LJ White – Labor Day
Florence Price – Night
Hugo Wolf – Verschwiegene Liebe
Hanns Eisler – An den kleinen Radioapparat
Benjamin Britten – “Nocturne” from On This Island
Sergei Rachmaninov – The Lilacs
William Grant Still – Breath of a Rose
Katherine Pukinskis – The Sea Cow
Francis Poulenc – La bestiaire
Fredrick Gifford – The pros and cons of live food
Christopher Burns – number opera (world premiere)