Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

Sunday
April 9, 2017 • 3:00 pm
Lincoln Performance Hall

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Susan Graham - dubbed “America’s favorite mezzo” by Gramophone - rose to the highest echelon of international artists within just a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire and genres along the way. Among her many honors are Musical America‘s Vocalist of the Year and an Opera News award.

“Once Graham opens her mouth, a listener can only submit to a lustrous voice that abounds in expressive colors.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

Program:

This afternoon’s performance is centered around Schumann’s iconic song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben (A Woman’s Love and Life). The Schumann songs serve as impetus and inspiration for all of the other pieces. Each numbered set contains the corresponding song from Frauenliebe und Leben. The sets of the first half will begin with the corresponding Schumann piece; each set of the second half will end with the Schumann. In this way, the concert will commence with the first lied (song) of Frauenliebe und Leben and conclude with the final song, while taking the audience on a journey that explores each piece individually and the themes of the song cycle as a whole.

SUSAN GRAHAM, mezzo-soprano
MALCOLM MARTINEAU, piano

I
SCHUMANN SEIT ICH IHN GESEHEN
GRIEG Møte          
STRAUSS Seitdem dein Aug’ in meines schaute

II
SCHUMANN ER, DER HERRLICHSTE VON ALLEN
DANKWORTH Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
FAURÉ Chanson d’amour      
RANGSTRÖM Melodi    

III
SCHUMANN ICH KANN’S NICHT FASSEN, NICHT GLAUBEN    
GRIEG Jeg elsker dig
FAURÉ Au bord de l’eau

IV
SCHUMANN DU RING AN MEINEM FINGER
MAHLER Rheinlegendchen
TURINA Los dos miedos

V
SCHUMANN HELFT MIR, IHR SCHWESTERN
Mutter, Mutter, glaube nicht
Lass mich ihm am Busen hangen
RAVEL Tout Gai!

INTERMISSION

VI
DUPARC Phidylé
DEBUSSY La Chevelure
SCHUMANN SÜSSER FREUND, DU BLICKEST MICH VERWUNDERT AN

VII
TCHAIKOVSKY Lullaby
POULENC Le Carafon
STRAUSS Wiegenliedchen
SCHUMANN AN MEINEM HERZEN, AN MEINER BRUST

VIII
BERLIOZ Absence
GRANADOS O muerte cruel
QUILTER How Shall I your true love know?
SCHUMANN NUN HAST DU MIR DEN ERSTEN SCHMERZ GETAN

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William Helzelson & Robert Trotman John Strege & Kevin Walsh Julie Lou Tripp

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