Celebrate Independence: American Art Song

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Let’s continue celebrating Independence throughout the week! Con Vivo is hosting a unique concert—“American Art Song”—on Saturday, July 9th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (440 Hoboken Ave., Jersey City) at 1pm.

Explore the art song through American composers in a program featuring vocalists Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson. The concert will span America’s rich diversity of musical styles including classical, jazz, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, John W. Work, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.
 
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson will take the stage. Craft is a “born storyteller” whose commanding, versatile voice has caught the attention of audiences around the world. Carnegie Hall recently presented her in a solo Spotlight Recital with pianist Warren Jones, a triumphant performance that drew high praise from critics. (Opera News described her performance as “exquisite… glowing… charming… affecting… Craft fully inhabited the music with intensity and focus.”)
 
A rising talent, Robinson has been lauded for his “amazing, robust” voice and “potential for operatic stardom” (New York Amsterdam News). He recently made his international operatic debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges. This season, Robinson “dug into [the role of the priest Fojo] with passionate commitment” (New York Times) for a revival of Harry Lawrence Freeman’s Voodoo, not heard on the operatic stage for 80 years.
 

The program is FREE and welcomes children and all ages.

 

Open your ears and your mind,
JCG
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An Evening of Art Song 11/9/14

con vivo art songCon Vivo celebrates an evening of song this Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church (440 Hoboken Ave., Jersey City) at 5pm.

Con Vivo will celebrate the art song with mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and pianist Paul Vasile! This varied and beautiful program includes music by Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Schubert, and George Gershwin.

Ms. Craft has performed at the Caramoor Festival, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, China’s Macau International Music Festival, with the New Jersey Festival Orchetra, on NPR’s This American Live live at BAM, and more. We’re excited to have her performing for Con Vivo before she travels to Paris to participate in “The Song Continues: Paris Residency” presented by Carnegie Hall at the Opéra Bastille.

Mr. Vasile’s wide-ranging talents and musical interests provide frequent opportunities to perform as a pianist, conductor and concert organist. He has performed in his own recitals of American Romantic organ music in Germany, Latvia and in New York City, including several performances on the historic Appleton pipe organ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

To aural pleasure,
JCG

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