February 11, 2018 at 2pm at Historic Peterloon
A concert jointly presented with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, featuring music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. With Shareese Arnold, soprano; Kimberly Daniel de Acha, narrator; Amy Gillingham, cello; and Christina Lalog-Seal, piano. Music for All Seasons will also feature an exhibit of the work of Polish-American visual artist Anna VanMatre.
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Russian concert pianist, composer, and conductor fled the 1917 Revolution and eventually became the center of a circle of fellow exiles, first in New York and later in Switzerland, where he lived out the rest of his life.
SIX ROMANCES OP. 38
Performed by Shareese Arnold, Soprano and Christina Lalog Seal, Piano.
At night in my garden
Text by Avetik Isaakian
In my garden a willow weeps inconsolably. In the morning, the sunrise will dry the willow’s tears.
Text by Andrei Bely
The pearly dew lies on the grass and the lights of the evening glow as I wait for you with open arms. Lethe, the river where memory drowns has washed away the years, but still I wait and ask where you are.
Text by Igor Severyanyn
Wherever I wander, the daisies, sweet messengers of peace, blossom along the path.
Text by Valery Bryusov
I play a catchy tune on a little wooden pipe that will awake and bring him to me in the forest. There we will lie on the soft earth and I will kiss him all night, we will exchange rings and then I will go back home.
Text by Fedor Sologub
Nothing in the world is quite like a dream with its magic stillness that carries one aloft and quietly beats its ample wings.
Text by Constantin Balmont
Your laughter was something out of a fantasy, and I hear it as in a dream. But what I now hear is a voice that comes from elsewhere, and I call you and sing and cry.
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
The Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 is a rarity, being one of the few works of Chopin composed for an instrument other than the piano. The sonata was composed for and dedicated to the French cellist Auguste Franchomme, with whom Chopin performed it in Paris in 1848, on the occasion of the Polish composer’s last public performance.
SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO, IN G MINOR
Performed by Amy Gillingham, Cello and Christina Lalog Seal, Piano.
The melodrama saw its rise as a form of domestic music-making in the 19th century, becoming popular in German-speaking countries. In the typical melodrama a speaker recites a poem while an accompaniment is played.
Performed by Kimberly Daniel de Acha, Speaker and Christina Lalog Seal, Piano.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Farewell to the World
(poem by Adolf Pratobevera, translated by Rafael de Acha)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
The Castle by the Sea
(poem by Ludwig Uhland, translated by Rafael de Acha)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, patron of the arts, Hungarian patriot and Franciscan lay brother, was a major figure in 19th century Romantic music.
TWO FANTASIES BASED ON THEMES OF RICHARD WAGNER
Performed by Christina Lalog Seal, Piano.
O du mein holder Abendstern
O, thou, my holy evening star! from Tannhäuser
Entrance of the Gods to Valhalla from Das Rheingold
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Forged a one-of-a-kind career as composer, librettist, theatre director and conductor, establishing his reputation as a creator of large scale operas.
Performed by Shareese Arnold, Soprano and Christina Lalog Seal, Piano.
In Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) Senta sings a ballad to her companions, while working at the spinning wheel. In the song she tells the story of an errant mariner condemned to sail the oceans for all eternity, until he meets the woman whose love will redeem him.
Einsam in trüben Tagen
In Lohengrin, Elsa of Bravant is falsely accused of murdering her brother in order to ascend the throne of Thuringia. King Henry decides not to lay down a judgment, but to organize a tournament in which a champion of Elsa’s choosing will defend her against the accusations of Count Telramund. When asked whom she will name as her defender, she sings of a dream she once had in which she envisioned a knight in shining armor that had come to rescue her from her enemies.
Dich, teure Halle
In Tannhäuser Elisabeth greets the Hall of Song, where knights will soon compete for her hand in marriage in a Song Fest.
Alabama-born Shareese Arnold has sung the soprano roles of Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, Donna Anna, the Marschallin, Agathe, and Bess, in addition to performing concert works by Britten, Brahms, Wagner, and Berg. She is in her second year of doctoral work at the University of Kentucky on full scholarship, after recently receiving the Ursula Springer Award from the Wagner Society of New York. Visit her at www.shareesearnoldsoprano.com
Amy Gillingham has performed extensively, recorded and received awards from the Kentucky Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association. Recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Cello, Director of Orchestras and Director of the String Project at NKU, she is also Executive Director of the National String Project Consortium. Gillingham holds degrees from CCM and from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Christina Lalog Seal completed a DMA degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has spent summers as a collaborative pianist at Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Brevard Music Center. She has performed with the Mark Morris production of Britten’s Curlew River. Dr. Seal is part of the piano faculty at Northern Kentucky University.
Kimberly Daniel de Acha's career in the arts spans a lifetime during which, in addition to her years of teaching, most recently as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice Emerita, at UC's College Conservatory of Music, she sang in Opera and concert professionally. She then pursued a second career as a stage actress in South Florida, where she did over thirty roles and where she co-founded with her husband, Rafael de Acha the award-winning New Theatre, home of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Anna Socha VanMatre was born in Poland and educated at the Krakow Art High School and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where she received her Master’s Degree. Her focus is on paradoxical forces, natural and human-made, ever-changing yet unifying, brutal yet beautiful. She has developed techniques utilizing synthetic paper, graphite layering, and three-dimensional effects involving cut and torn canvases. Her large cloud-like installations envelop the observer in dramatic shadow effects. Critics have described her works as “symphonies of blackness, gray and light” and a significant step in “liberating the drawing idiom.” At an exhibition at the Jerusalem Center for the Arts, her installation was praised as “a thing of theatrical character, an interaction between the stage and the audience.” Her works have been presented in exhibitions and lectures throughout Europe, Israel, Africa, Asia, and the U.S. They are held in the National Museum in Torun, Poland, the Krasinski Library in Warsaw, and in private collections in Poland, India, Sweden, Denmark, Morocco, Israel, China, and the U.S. Her fourteen-panel work, Metamorphoses-Fire and Water, was permanently installed in the Kraków Philharmonic Hall in tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday. Ms. VanMatre was honored to be featured in the Miami University Art Museum exhibition, Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art. In May she will present an exhibition at the International Youth Meeting Centre at the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum. Since 1997, she has resided in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit her at www.annavanmatre.com
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