Andrea Bargabos, soprano
4:00pm, Saturday, March 24th; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9), Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution. Students free. Lift available to second floor.
For its 25th program Concerts in the Village celebrates an especially dramatic and transitional period in music history, while also recognizing two centennials: the untimely deaths of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Eight outstanding musicians come together for performances of richly textured vocal and instrumental works, some well-known, others less so. The exceptionally precocious Lili Boulanger, at 19 the first woman to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome, will be represented by eight remarkable pieces, including excerpts from her song cycle Clairières dans le ciel. The compositions of Lili’s older and better-known sister Nadia, regarded by many as the most important musical pedagogue of the 20th century, are not well known, but should be. Seven songs and three short pieces for cello will correct this oversight. Maurice Ravel’s exotic, forward-looking Chansons madécasses (1925-26) for the nearly unique combination of soprano, flute, cello and piano magically captures the spirit of Madagascar. The program concludes with Debussy’s last major work, the virtuosic Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-17). Performers include sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver (Concertmaster, Broad Street Orchestra), cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, and pianists Noah Palmer (CITV Musical Assistant) and David Smith (CITV Artistic Director). Ms. Bargabos will be making her CITV debut.
“Having been a student of Nadia Boulanger in the early 1970’s, I confess that this program is very close to my heart,” says David Smith, CITV’s Artistic Director. “What a tragedy that Lili died at such a young age. The promise suggested by what she has left us is extraordinary. But for me, and for others, her gifts had already reached remarkable maturity and emotional depth despite the brevity of her years. I suspect that, ill for quite some time, she knew that accomplishment could not wait. Nadia’s dedication to Lili’s memory was legendary. And of course the Boulangers, Debussy and Ravel all inhabited the same unrepeatable musical culture of early 20th century Paris.”
Preview talk by David Smith: 4:00pm, Saturday, March 17th
Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192
CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.