VIDEO: EMPTINESS, A suite of Mahadeviyakka
Commissioned by Amy Pivar Dances for Songs for Solo Dance and Voice
Mahadeviyakka (India, 12th c.)
Mahadeviyakka was born in the Indian village of Udatadi, and wrote in the Kanada dialect. A disciple of Shiva and the paths of Oneness from the age of ten, she was forcibly married to the local ruler – a Jain – but left him to take up again the life of an ecstatic devoted only to Shiva, whom she addresses in her poems as her White Jasmine Lord and only truly satisfactory lover. She gave up conventional dress along with conventional life and traveled the countryside alone. Stories say that when she died in her twenties she disappeared into a burst of light. Mahadeviyakka’s abiding theme is the complete sufficiency of her experience of the oneness of self and the divine.
From: WOMEN IN PRAISE OF THE SACRED: 43 Centuries of spiritual poetry by women – ed./trans. Jane Hirshfield, HarperCollins, 1994
Come enjoy this beautiful lyric soprano!
SINGER PORTRAIT, Nadia Petrella as “Patience”
Canadian soprano Nadia Petrella, praised for her “creamy voice” (NY Times) and acclaimed “world class… her demanding lines dazzling” (Buffalo News), is quickly being recognized as one of the most exciting lyric sopranos of her generation. Ms. Petrella most recently debuted the role of Lucia in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” in NYC, with great acclaim. Other operatic credits include Violetta in “La Traviata,” Micaëla in “Carmen,” Rosina in “The Barber of Seville,” Frasquita in “Carmen,” Lucy in “The Telephone,” First Lady in “The Magic Flute,” Lola in “Gallantry,” and Cathleen in “Riders to the Sea.” Ms. Petrella was the recipient of a major sponsorship grant from the Leacross Foundation to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Master of Music. She also premiered scenes by American composer Manly Romero’s “Dreaming of Wonderland” (Lorina) in collaboration with American Opera Projects, and performed a concert production in the role of Mimi in “La Boheme.” Ms. Petrella was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, New England Region, a third place winner at the Canadian National Music Festival, and was awarded several scholarships from the regional and provincial festivals in Canada. Ms Petrella is currently an Apprentice at the Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artist Program.
Dreaming her back into existence! Mary Ann Willson: Marimaid, ca. 1810-25, ink and watercolor on paper, 13 x 15 1/2 inches
NYS Historical Association, Cooperstown.
Selections from “Patience & Sarah”
by Babette Hierholzer, piano and Kimberly Kahan, soprano
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 3:00pm
Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society presents “Ladies’ Night” featuring a program of women composers performed by women. We will play music composed by early Europeans to eminent Americans. You will hear works by Cécil Chaminade, Clara Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (Felix Mendelssohn’s sister) and music by Amy Beach, as well as contemporary composers Paula M. Kimper, Karen Lefrak, and Elaine Fine. We will feature music by the young 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music: Caroline Shaw, and works by American composer and conductor Victoria Bond, who is currently finishing her opera ‘Clara’ about Clara Schumann, and music by our “own” Grammy Award winner American composer, concert pianist and conductor Joan Tower.
We are also delighted to present several of the contemporary composers, who will be attending our concert and will each say a few words about their respective compositions.
Why a program with all female composers and all female musicians performing? Because there are so many to celebrate, and we hope to have many men and women in the audience to enjoy this bounty of beautiful sounds.
Concerts are presented at The Church of the Messiah, an 1897 Gothic edifice with superb acoustics, on Route 9 in downtown Rhinebeck, NY. Concerts begin at 3:00pm, followed by a reception with the artists.
For more information and to buy ticketss: http://rhinebeckmusic.org/concerts/concert4.htm
Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm and 8pm
At The Riverside Theatre
Inside Historic Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue @ 120th Street, NYC
Tickets can be purchased at: www.riversideboxoffice.org
or by calling (212) 870-6784
$30 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors
Music by Paula M. Kimper, Libretto by Talaya Delaney
Conceived and Developed by Linda McInerney
Commissioned by Old Deerfield Productions
Directed by Douglas Moser
Starring Mari-Yan Pringle as Sojourner Truth
Lighting Consultant Andrew Rubenoff
Production Manager Jacquelyn Bell
Also featuring Damian Norfleet, baritone, Chad Kranak, tenor,
Heather Michele Meyer, soprano, Jaylen Fontaine, boy soprano,
with Josh Henderson, violin, Meaghan Burke, cello,
Lish Lindsey, flute, Rich Johnson, clarinet, Deryck Clarke, horn,
Angelo Di Loreto, piano and Tony Vacca, percussion.
In Celebration of Sojourner Truth’s Birthday!
TRUTH, An American Opera about Sojourner Truth, comes to The Riverside Theater inside historic Riverside Church in Manhattan @ 120th Street.
November 22, 2014,
at 2pm and 8pm
Tickets go on sale October 22 at (212) 870-6784
I’m happy to be included in this upcoming concert, August 8 @8, at BARBES, 376 9th St, Park Slope Brooklyn. It promises to be very hot! Opera on Tap and Gilda Lyons present an evening of directed improvisations for voice.
My piece, FUKUSHIMA PRAYER, is a healing meditation for the Pacific Ocean.