The students of twentieth-century teacher Nadia Boulanger all shared the experience of Fountainebleau, her famous composition studio outside of Paris. But it was the work Boulanger did to nurture each pupil's irreducibly unique voice that marked her greatness. Deborah Sternberg, soprano, will perform songs by Madame Boulanger herself. Students of Boulanger's represented on the program include Aaron Copland (with some little known motets), Nicholas Maw (with his Three Hymns, persisting in their English character), and Irving Fine (with the quirky harmonic and rhythmic language of The Hour Glass). The concert will conclude with the world premiere of a setting of the Persian lyrical poet Hafiz by Robert Shafer, artistic director of The City Choir of Washington and one of the region's great musical mentors. Shafer studied composition with Nadia Boulanger; his new piece is dedicated to Cantate's music director, Gisèle Becker, who had the good fortune to be one of his students at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia.
Event begins at 7:30PM
Presented by: Cantate Chamber Singers