Artist Recital Series
And Yet She Persisted: Women in Classical Music
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Jennifer Reason, pianist
Release Date: March 28, 2021
DUE TO CONTINUED COVID PRECAUTIONS THIS PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE PLACE AS AN HD VIDEO PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY A FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT WITH THE ARTISTS.
Opening Festival Opera's 2021 season, two internationally renowned artists team up for an exquisite program of music by women composers. Carrie Hennessey and Jennifer Reason bring their special brand of joyous synergy to the recital stage, sharing their insight, artistic flair, and sublime musicality.
And Yet She Persisted explores the world of female composers from the beauty of melody and harmonies crafted by Pauline Viardot and Amy Beach, to the text of intimate letters written by the infamous Calamity Jane. Composer Libby Larsen exposes the gun yielding character we perhaps picture in our minds, as well as the truth and strength that lies in the vulnerability of these honest letters to her daughter toward the end of her life. Julia Seeholzer wrote the cycle “ Portraits of Disquiet” originally for the 2016 elections and had no idea how it would be even more potent now, four years later. The poet, Kendall A. remains off the grid quite purposefully. As a trans-woman who was raised in the Mormon tradition, the first song of the cycle is quite personal, a letter to her mom and dad. The second piece is a community outcry for the devastation in Ferguson in 2014. Kendall quotes directly from Dante’s Inferno in Italian. Seeholzer then quotes musically the opening line of Barbara Strozzi’s Lagrime Mie, a baroque lament. In the third song, the scope broadens even further in both the wonder and great tragedy of life, humanity continuing through space and time.
Ms. Hennessey will return to the Festival Opera Mainstage to perform Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus with Jake Heggie at the piano. Tickets for FO’s SalOn Demand are available for $40 per household which will give you an HD video link, available on demand to stream to your digital devices and smart TV.
Following the release, a live chat with the artists and Festival Opera’s General Director, Zachary Gordin will be hosted by Ruchi Kapila on Facebook Live. Ticket buyers will receive an invitation to the live chat. Join us with a glass of wine, or your favorite beverage for this fun and inspiring discussion!
* This series of piano/vocal recitals will be produced in accordance with strict COVID-19 testing and safety measures.
Un raggio di speme - A Ray of Hope
Lila Khazoum, soprano
Alexander Katsman, pianist
May 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM
Piedmont Center for the Arts
DUE TO CONTINUED COVID PRECAUTIONS THIS PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE PLACE AS AN HD VIDEO PRESENTATION AND/OR AN OUTDOOR HYBRID LIVE/DIGITAL EVENT. PLEASE LOOK FOR UPDATED INFO SOON.
The second recital of Festival Opera's 2021 season features Lila Khazoum, an exciting coloratura soprano emerging on the Bay Area music scene, accompanied by Maestro Alexander Katsman at the piano.
A collection of songs about the beauty of hope, even as it relates to loss and the longing for love. So very timely in a world where hope and healing are sometimes in short supply. This program truly has something for everyone: from the fireworks of virtuoso arias by Antonio Vivaldi, the tender storytelling of Sei ariette by Vincenzo Bellini, the heart wrenching art songs of Georges Bizet, Reynaldo Hahn, and Henri Duparc, and it ends with a delightful selection of favorites from the American Songbook.
Ms. Khazoum will return to Festival Opera Mainstage in August of 2021 to perform the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
** Pro tip: take some time to mix/mingle with fellow music lovers, and snap a selfie with the artists at our hosted happy hour with wine and bites, immediately following the performance.