Time & Location
May 07, 2022, 7:30 PM
Coffey St. Studio, 153 Coffey St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
About the event
Join us on the 7th of May for “und du singst” a recital, presented in fulfillment of the Professional Diploma from Mannes School of Music, featuring Ariettes Oubliées by Debussy, The Undying Splendour by Iain Bell, Calligrammes by Poulenc and An die Ferne Geliebte by Beethoven.
A note from James:
The pandemic has occupied the bulk of—and extended—this degree and irrevocably altered the meaning of returning to singing, to opera and my aims as an artist, as I think is true for so many of us, no matter our field or focus. With that in mind, I set aside a number of conceptual projects and programs in favor of an evening where simply singing was at the fore. Of course, themes and patterns emerge and connect these works to each other and to the outside world, as with any attempt at breathing life into a blueprint, but I wanted to dispense with posture and, well, sing!
That said, in winnowing down this concert to an attractive length, I was moved by a sense of Beginning, of first arrival newly regained, which I think stems as much from a desire to slough off these past years and circumstance–to which I think we can all relate!–as it does because of the rhyming sense of time in which I find myself, at yet another moment of embarkment.
So I invite you to this evening of music I hold dear, accompanied by the masterful Jason Wirth with whom I feel terribly lucky to work.
So come join us, have a drink and listen in!