Experience a weekend filled with the wonders of the human voice and musical instrumentation when Kerrytown Concert House presents, Fair the Fall of Songs. Each concert stars different performing artists and a unique program, performances are Friday through Sunday at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor.
- Friday, Feb. 28 @ 8 p.m.: Songs4Winds
- Saturday, Feb. 29 @ 8 p.m.: Liederabend
- Sunday, March 1 @ 2 p.m.: A Woman’s Life (And Love)
Kerrytown Concert House begins its Fair the Fall of Songs weekend art song celebration non-traditionally with pianist, Kathryn Goodson, and her inventive project: SONGS4WINDS. Experience the lyricism and beauty of art song repertoire (Gershwin, Poulenc, Ravel, Rorem, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and more!) “sung” by the expressive and soulful playing of wind instrumentalists!
Kathryn Goodson will collaborate with University of Michigan’s Professor of Trombone, David Jackson, as well as rising young artists Nathan Chervin (tuba), Alex Gurchinoff (saxophone), Scott Johnson Jr. (clarinet), Cody Ross (euphonium), and Matthew Koester (saxophone).
These wind instrumentalists sing and emote without words, promising a unique experience for lovers of the art song and operatic genres.
“Kathryn Goodson is an extraordinary pianist … with astounding technique and refined musicality.” ~Swiss Review
The tradition of the Liederabend—literally, “evening of song”—dates back to the 1800s, when musicians and lovers of music would gather at someone’s home, and one or more singers and a pianist would perform the songs, or “Lieder,” of composers of the day. German and Austrian composers wrote music for voice and piano before this time, but it wasn’t until the flowering of German literature in the Classical and Romantic eras that composers found high inspiration in great poetry, sparking the genre known as the “Lied.”
Come and enjoy an evening of German Art Song as it was intended–in the parlor setting of Ann Arbor’s own listening room! You’ll hear exceptional vocalists collaborating with Toledo Opera’s own coach and conductor, Kevin Bylsma, culminating in a program that will be both engaging and beautiful!
Kevin Bylsma, piano
Jane Schoonmaker-Rodgers, soprano
Deanna Relyea, mezzo-soprano
Jessica Dold, soprano
Ellen Scholl, mezzo-soprano
Chris Scholl, tenor
Katy Pracht-Phares, mezzo-soprano
Chrissy Amon, mezzo-soprano
A Woman’s Life (And Love)
A Woman’s Life (and Love) features mezzo soprano, Alta Boover, and pianist, Tian Tian. Beginning with Robert Schumann’s beautiful song cycle, Frauenliebe und Leben, and paired in the second half with a new work by composer, Sara Carina Graef–A Woman’s Life (and Love), featuring poetry by Morgan Parker, Melissa Stein, and Taije Silverman and including famous tweets from current events, this program is sure to be a compelling afternoon of poetry and commentary set to music.
“Alta Boover dominated the stage each time she appeared.” ~Opera News
The image near the top of the page is a reproduction of “A Song,” an oil-on-canvas painting by Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931). Created ca. 1895, the work today is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney.