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April 21: Cantata Profana “When Words Fail”
April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm| $35
The "exacting and sensitive" (Boston Globe) vocal/instrumental group Cantata Profana explores the struggle to express the inexpressible. The program, featuring mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, cellist Hannah Collins and pianist Lee Dionne, is at Baruch Performing Arts Center's acoustically stunning Engelman Recital Hal. Tickets are $35 ($15 for students) and are available at www.baruch.cuny.edu, by phone at (212) 352-3101 or in person at the box office. The concert is presented in honor of Nathan Ackerman.
The mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen - praised by Opera News for her "rich, vibrant tone" - portrays two lll-fated heroines in Handel's La Lucrezia and Shostakovich's Song of Ophelia, offering contrasting depictions of madness and plighted love. Beethoven's sublime An die ferne Geliebte addresses an immortal beloved at an impossible distance. Modern offerings from Reena Esmail and Tonia Ko delve further into the subject of distance, literal and figurative. Esmail's work - a world premiere - takes its texts from haikus written between Japanese monks, each sequestered in his own mountain solitude. Ko's Between Us finds a startlingly affecting language in a musical exploration of stuttering.