On January 13th, 2013, I will be presenting my Glenn Gould School graduating recital. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to defer it for a while.
Over the past year and a half I have revised the program at least 5 times, finally arriving at a arrangement of Bach, Britten, Ravel, Rossini, and Falla.
I knew from the start I wanted to perform Maurice Ravel's Chansons madécasses with piano, cello, and flute, and from there I chose the four other works, that by happenstance, created a tapestry of folksongs and regional ideas and sounds from around the world.
J.S.Bach's "Vergnügte Ruh", the first aria from cantata 170 opens the program as an invocation. "Dear harp of my country" and two other folksongs from Ireland, arranged by Benjamin Britten follow, with the beautiful melodies and heart aching poetry the Irish are known for.
Chansons madécasses, translated as Madagascar Songs, paint three sensuous scenes of both delight and horror.
Gioacchino Rossini's La regata Veneziana are in typical Rossini heroine style of a playful and headstrong girl watching her lover row in the Venetian gondola races.
Seven popular Spanish songs end the program with Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Españolas. These include traditional melodies of the regions of Spain, such as the sounds of flamenco, seguidilla, and jota.
Concert starts at 5:00 pm, at Mazzoleni Hall, 273 Bloor St. West, in the Royal Conservatory building. Admission is free!