Dew-drops on a Lotus Leaf - CD Release Concert
Join tenor William George and pianist Andrea Lodge for the official CD release concert for their new recording of Marga Richter songs, "Dew-drops On A Lotus Leaf & Other Songs."
The first half of the program will feature compositions by Vancouver composers including Jocelyn Morlock and William George, and features special guest guitarist Jay Lodge. The second half of the program will feature selections from the CD. The $20 admission price includes a copy of the CD (artists will be available after the concert to sign CDs). If you can't wait until January to buy the CD (and how could you?!), hard copies may be purchased from the Artists and at Sikora's (availabe online soon). If you bring your previously purchased CD to the concert, your admission is only $5.00! Andrea and Jay are visiting from New York, so this is a rare opportunity for us to perform this fantastic music together!
When: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:30pm
Where: St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church (Burrard & Nelson)
If you plan to attend, PLEASE RESERVE your tickets, so we know how many people to expect.
The album was recorded in New York in August 2013, and was released in Fall 2014 on the Redshift Music label. Please click the following link to hear the tracks and download a digital copy:
About the CD:
Marga Richter's instrumental compositions are well-represented on recordings, starting with MGM's commissions in the 1950s. But "Dew-drops On A Lotus Leaf & Other Songs" is the first full recital of her vocal music. A sense of melancholy permeates most of the tracks, from the elegiac civil war letter "Sarah do not mourn me dead" to the despairing resignation of "Sonnet 71" of Shakespeare. But she's not afraid to stir things up once in a while, as in the primal opening to "Wild Moon." But the tour-de-force of the recording is the titular song-cycle. Richter takes us on an epic journey, as the 18th-century Japanese Zen-Poet-Monk Ryokan travels through five seasons of life (and Prologue and Epilogue). The multi-octave cycle moves between tenor and counter-tenor range, and is in turns soothing and demanding, ethereal and intense.
Most of the songs in this collection were composed for or premiered by Tenor William George. After hearing Mr. George perform "Sarah do not mourn me dead," for the first time in 2003, Richter wrote, "Upon reflection, I find that it was the only perfect performance of any of my pieces that I ever heard! And I mean perfect in every way." Pianist Andrea Lodge provides sensitive and nuanced collaboration.
Performers: William George - tenor; Andrea Lodge, piano
Producers: Marga Richter
Engineer: Branic Howard
Digital Editing: Branic Howard
Mastering: Don Harder
Recorded at: Staller Center for the Arts Recital Hall, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, August 27-30, 2013
Graphic Design: William George
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church (View)
1022 Nelson St.
Vancouver, BC V6E4S7
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|