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Main Stage Concert: Wordsmiths (Palo Alto)

February 25 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Benjamin Simon, conductor
Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano
Brian Thorsett, tenor

CANTELOUBE Chants d’Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne)
     Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano
JOSHEFF The Dream Mechanic, Four Poems by Carol Vanderveer Hamilton (2016) [SFCO Commission & World Premiere]      Brian Thorsett, tenor
     Lara Nie, spoken voice
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”) [arr. Simon]  
Dedicated to the lyrical muse, this program features two outstanding singers well-known to SFCO audiences: mezzo-soprano Lara Nie (“a magnetic presence“) and tenor Brian Thorsett (“strikingly gifted, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice“). Canteloube’s lush settings of folk songs from France’s Auvergne region are paired with a newly commissioned work by Berkeley composer Peter Josheff, based on the “haunting and wildly beautiful” poetry of Carol Hamilton. Schubert’s darkly dramatic Death and the Maiden allows the orchestra’s virtuosic string section to whisper, sing, and shout to one of the most exciting string quartets ever written.


February 25
7:30pm - 9:30pm
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First Palo Alto United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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