Past Appearances

2016 Season

 

February 19th, 8pm
Recital, Rosch Recital Hall
SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY)
Artists: Lynne McMurtry, contralto and Alison d'Amato, pianist
Program exploring the currents between Russia and France during the turn of the 20th century. Also features songs by Virgil Thomson, as recorded on Florestan Recital Project's upcoming release: The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson (New World Records).


March 11th, 7pm
Concert in Honor of Vivian Perlis
Society for American Music 42nd Annual Conference
Boston, MA
The Florestan Recital Project, featuring Artistic Co-director Alison D'Amato and guest acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold, will honor the work of Vivian Perlis with songs by some of her earliest interviewees, Charles Ives and Virgil Thomson. The rest of the recital will explore the wealth of styles that shape American song repertoire, featuring composers in the Oral History of American Music archives, as well as new voices that are expanding the canon.


March 14th, (Exact time TBA)
Masterclass with Florestan Recital Project
Buffalo State College.


March 17th, 8pm
Buffalo Chamber Players @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this program features the world premiere of Ben Gunn, a portrayal in song of the castaway in Treasure Island. Written for Florestan Recital Project, the piece presents three original poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with music by acclaimed composer Scott Wheeler. Wheeler will be in attendance. For more information about the artists, please visit www.florestanproject.org, www.scottwheeler.org, and www.paulmuldoon.net.


April 10th, 3pm
Friends of Vienna series, Buffalo NY
Friends of Vienna presents contralto Lynne McMurtry and pianist Alison d'Amato. Program includes songs and lieder by Virgil Thomson, Alexandr Gretchaninov, and 19th-century German composers.


2014-2015 Season

August 3-7, 2015
Source Song Festival
Minneapolis, MN
Opening night concert, masterclasses, and more!


Florestan premiered PANIC in Minneapolis in May 2014 with baritone Aaron Engebreth and pianist Alison d'Amato. Upcoming performances in the Boston area are planned for the 2015-16 season.


The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes: A new collaboration between Florestan Recital Project and UBC's Department of Theatre and Film:

Florestan is working with director Tom Scholte (University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film) to develop a theatrical staging of composer Libby Larsen’s song cycle The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes (Florestan commission, 2010). Initially funded by a Hampton Partnership Development grant, Larsen's song cycle will be combined with an original script written by Scholte, and performed with staging, dance, and Digital Video Illumination technology (developed by UBC Professor Robert Gardiner). 

Tuesday, April 21, 9:30-11:00am
A Masterclass with Alison d’Amato, featuring songs and chamber music of Samuel Barber
Ultan Recital Hall, University of Minnesota


Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm
Samuel Barber, In Words and Song
Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Alison d’Amato, pianist; Jeff Esworthy, narrator
Schubert Club, Live at the Museum; St. Paul, MN
Landmark Center 205

Experience a biographical look at Samuel Barber through selected songs, from his boyhood and student works to his final songs he ever composed. In between song groups, Barber’s correspondence and other written records will be read, providing a concise audio-biographical experience of Barber’s style and his unvarnished appreciation for melody, poetry and lyricism. Prior to the program, view an original Barber letter on display in The Schubert Club Manuscript collection.


Tuesday, April 14th,  2015—7pm      
Schubert Club, museum series; St. Paul, MN

Samuel Barber, In Words and Song
Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Alison d’Amato,pianist;  Scott Parkman, narrator

Experience a biographical look at Samuel Barber through selected songs, from his boyhood and student works to his final songs he ever composed.  In between song groups, Barber’s correspondence and other written records will be read, providing a concise audio-biographical experience of Barber’s style and his unvarnished appreciation for melody, poetry and lyricism.   Prior to the program, view an original Barber letter on display in The Schubert Club Manuscript collection.


Saturday, February 7pm
Unitarian Universalist Music Series of Minnetonka, Minnetonka, MN
Finzi, Cummings, Bolcolm, Schubert
http://www.mychurchevents.com/calendar/calendar_event_detail_view.aspx?cei=262089526&event_date=2/7/2015&ci=L6M7N8H2F0M7O9L6I3&igd=
Aaron Engebreth, baritone with Mark Bilyeu, pianist and Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano


Friday, January 23, 7pm
Unity Unitarian Church, St. Paul
Schumann, Finzi, Faure, Barber
http://www.unityunitarian.org
Aaron Engebreth, baritone with Mark Bilyeu, pianist


Saturday, January 10
James Hill House, St. Paul; 7:30pm
Schumann, Finzi, Faure, Barber
http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/james-j-hill-house
Aaron Engebreth, baritone with Mark Bilyeu, pianist

February 19, 2015
“The Music We Make”: Address given by Aaron Engebreth to the St. Croix Valley Music
Teachers Association


Eastman School of Music presents
Two programs: engaging words and music in performance

Monday, September 15th, 2014—8pm
Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music

Stories in song, narration, and animation: a faculty recital by Alison d'Amato.
Featuring The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a song cycle and animated video: Commissioned by Florestan Recital Project in 2010; Music and libretto by Libby Larsen.

This performance features an original animated video, designed by Florestan in collaboration with graphic artist Rick Geary and Goldlust Design.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014—7pm
Hatch Recital Hall

WordSong and Florestan Recital Project: “Harlem” by Langston Hughes
WordSong reconnects musicians and listeners through shared experience and conversation. In this program, four musical settings of “Harlem” are heard and discussed in this new, highly interactive concert format. This program is supported by Eastman’s All-Events Committee, Office of the Dean, and the Voice/Opera, Humanities, and Composition Departments.


Summer 2014
SOURCE Song Festival presents

September 7th, 7pm
Antonello Recital Hall at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN

“A Night of New Music”
Curated by Libby Larsen, this program features The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes, a 2010 commission by Florestan Recital Project. Aaron Engebreth, baritone & Mary Jo Gothman, pianist


Friday, August 1st, 8pm
Antonello Recital Hall at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN
OPEN SOURCE: An Evening of Song Hosted and Curated by Libby Larsen
Featuring The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a song cycle and animated video: Commissioned by Florestan Recital Project in 2010;
Music and libretto by Libby Larsen.

This performance features an original animated video, designed by Florestan in collaboration with graphic artist Rick Geary and Goldlust Design.
                                                           
Saturday, August 2nd, 7pm
Antonello Recital Hall at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN WordSong and Florestan Recital Project: “Harlem” by Langston Hughes

WordSong reconnects musicians and listeners through shared experience and conversation. In this program, four musical settings of “Harlem” are heard and discussed in this new, highly interactive concert format.


Florestan Recital Project and the Portland Conservatory of Music present

Two Concerts to introduce the newly-established Academy for Collaborative Performance* 

Tuesday, August 12th, 7pm                       
Woodford’s Congregational Church Sanctuary, Portland, ME
WordSong and Florestan Recital Project: “Harlem” by Langston Hughes (see description above)

Wednesday, August 13th, 7pm
Woodford’s Congregational Church Sanctuary, Portland, ME           
Song Recital, Three Ways

Let Us Garlands Bring: Music by Gerald Finzi, texts by William Shakespeare.
A new dance collaboration, choreographed by Portland Ballet’s Colleen Edwards and featuring dancers Erica Diesl, Kaitlyn Hayes, Kaleigh Natale.

Dichterliebe: Music by Robert Schumann, poems by Heinrich Heine.
Schumann’s masterpiece of love and rejection is one of the most beloved of all Romantic song-cycles.

The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a song cycle and animated video: Music and libretto by Libby Larsen.
Commissioned by Florestan Recital Project in 2010, the piece is a personal account of America's first-known serial killer, drawn from his memoirs and court transcripts.

* The Academy for Collaborative Performance is a new young artist program that cultivates a range of multi-disciplinary work, traditional song recital performance, and new approaches to the performer-audience relationship.


Florestan at VISI: In June 2013, Florestan Recital Project joined the faculty of the Art Song Lab, as part of the Vancouver International Song Institute.

Florestan is proud to announce that we have been awarded the first American Song Initiative grant by the Hampsong Foundation. This award will support the recording and release of our World Premiere recording project “The Early Songs of Samuel Barber.”

For details, please visit: hampsongfoundation.org


Panic: A new song cycle for baritone, piano, and electronic playback by composer Andy Vores and poet Todd Boss. 

World Premiere performance: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Macalester Plymouth United Church, St. Paul, MN
www.macalester-plymouth.org
$20 General Admission
$10 Students/Seniors
7:00pm

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Carleton College Concert Hall
1 N College St, Northfield, MN 55057
https://apps.carleton.edu
7:00pm

In his 1894 breakthrough novel, Pan, the Nobel-winning Norwegian author Knut Hamsun provides a lyrical yet disturbing look at love and the dark recesses of the human psyche. Set to a new libretto by Todd Boss, Vores’s Panic combines a vivid contemporary soundscape with a pillar of vocal music tradition, the narrative solo song cycle. Florestan is developing the piece in collaboration with director David Walsh (University of Minnesota), using multi-media and theatrical resources.


Courtroom Concerts at The Schubert Club:
The Music of Libby Larsen, featuring Larsen's 
The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes 

Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 12pm-1pm

At the height of the Gilded Age, during Chicago's finest moment of international glory, a man known as H.H. Holmes quietly and secretively carried out one of the most horrifically perverse and murderous crime sprees in American history. Against the ornate backdrop of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Holmes built an elaborate chamber of horrors in which he staged the methodical and grisly murders of up to 200 people, becoming America's first known serial killer. The adventurous Florestan Recital Project presents Libby Larsen's 2010 song cycle The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes. The work explores the unfathomable impulses that drove Holmes to commit his crimes, interweaving passages of period parlour music with texts from Holmes' own confessions. 

In this unique presentation, Florestan will perform the piece twice; first in a traditional recital format (baritone and piano), then accompanied by an original animated video featuring illustrations from artist Rick Geary's acclaimed graphic novel, The Beast of Chicago (NBM/ComicsLit). An interactive discussion with Larsen and Florestan will take place between the performances. 


Guest recital, MacPhail Center for Music
Antonello Hall
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Time: 7:00pm

A program of Florestan favorites with soprano Elisa Doughty, baritone Aaron Engebreth, and pianist Gail Olszewski. Works include Robert Schumann's beloved Myrthen lieder (1840), Samuel Barber's Despite and Still (1968), and Dominic Argento's Six Elizabethan Songs (1958).  

For more information, visit: www.macphail.org


Samuel Barber in Words and Song
The Farrell Auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO)
Friday Oct. 4, 2013 
Time: 7pm. 

This program presents a biographical look at Barber through his songs, from his boyhood and student works—recently premiered and recorded by Florestan Recital Project—to his last set, Three Songs Op. 45. In between the song groups, correspondence and other written records will be read, providing a concise audio-biographical experience of Barber’s style and musical expression in song. This concert, a collaboration between Florestan Recital Project and American Century Music, includes a sneak preview of Florestan's freshly minted World Premiere recordings of several early Barber compositions (Oct 2013 release).

 

 

 

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