September 24, 2021
An evening concert performed by contralto Lynne McMurtry and pianist Alison D’Amato.
Lynne McMurtry, contralto, and Alison d'Amato, pianist, present a varied recital program that celebrates the rich history of art song while bringing it firmly into our current moment. We begin with some of the cornerstone composers of lieder, such as Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, as well as their vibrant female contemporaries, such as Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. The second half of the program celebrates diverse voices of the 20th and 21st centuries; women poets, Black American female composers, indigenous and LGTBQ poets, Asian and trans composers all are featured. This rich musical tapestry is wonderfully accented with elements of jazz and contemporary harmony and is topped off with a sly reworking of one of Haydn's most famous symphonies into an invective about pronouns. A multiplicity of musical identities come together for a singularly enjoyable performance!