Music of La Belle Époque at Peterloon


fotina_031_small Music for All Seasons welcomes back an audience favorite of ours: Soprano Fotina Naumenko. Fotina was recently praised by the Boston Globe for her “radiant voice” and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “seemingly inexhaustible execution of spectacular virtuosic hi-jinks.”

DANIEL WEEKS Praised for his “Italianate timbre and sensitive musicianship”, Daniel Weeks is a passionate advocate for Art Song who has sung hundreds of recitals sponsored by the Marilyn Horne Foundation across the country, after his New York recital debut.

eben final copyThe young South African pianist Eben Wagenstroom made his professional debut with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra of South Africa in an acclaimed performance of the Concerto in G minor by Saint-Saëns.
About the music

Much of the music being sung and played in our February 10th comes from the so-called La Belle Époque, a period of peace, economic prosperity, and intense creativity in the humanities and the arts. It was a time during which music reflected the elegance and the love of beauty that dominated European society until the outbreak of the Great War.

Our program will open with Fotina Naumenko singing Claude Debussy’s Four Songs of Youth, written while Debussy was still a young composer, reading the poetry of Verlaine, Mallarmé, and Banville, whose fantastical tales of dreams and youthful love inspired him to write these four songs.

Daniel Weeks will lend his lyric tenor voice to songs of  Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) Tosti obtained a position as director of the Musical Archives in the Court of Princess Margarita of Savoy, the future Queen of Italy, quickly becoming the most sought after pianist in the salons of the British aristocracy, thanks to his songs that straddle the worlds of the popular and the classical.

Eben Wagenstroon will solo with the music of Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), who wrote Danzas fantásticas in 1919, still young at heart and very much in love with his native Spain, its music and his wife, Obdulia, to whom he dedicated this suite of dances, appending to each his own poetic description.

Our soprano and tenor will join their voices in songs by Stephen Foster (1826-1864) predates most other American composers, making him in the minds of many, the Father of American Music, writing parlor songs that became the popular tunes of his time.

In the second half of our program our artists will sing selections from Jules Massenet’s (1842-1912) best known opera Manon, seen over 200 times at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Music for All Seasons presents four 2 pm Sunday concerts in February, April, October, and December in the Historic Peterloon Estate, at 8605 Hopewell Road, in the Village of Indian Hill.
* TICKETS: Single seats are $35. Student seats are $10. A $120 Flexpass may be used by one or more persons for 4 admissions to any of our four concerts during 2019. Flexpass buyers receive an additional complimentary single ticket that may be used to bring a guest to any of our concerts: a savings of more than 30% off the single ticket price.
* To reserve your seat (s), please email us at indicating the number of single tickets or Flexpasses you wish to purchase. We will hold your tickets for you to conveniently pay at the door (cash or check only)

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