Song Of The Earth

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Resonance Works / Pittsburgh says
The Song of the Earth
a collaboration with Texture Contemporary Ballet
Friday, May 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Charity Randall Theater, Oakland

Brooke Larimer, mezzo-soprano
Robert Frankenberry, tenor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra
Maria Sensi Sellner, Conductor

Resonance Works closes its third season with Mahler's epic Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde) in the Schoenberg / Riehn version for chamber orchestra. Described by Leonard Bernstein as Mahler’s “greatest symphony,” this song cycle for two soloists and orchestra sets seven of the texts from Hans Bethge's Die chinesische Flöte, a volume of ancient Chinese poetry rendered into German. Opening the program will be Schoenberg’s own Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) in the original version for string sextet. Inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name and his strong feelings upon meeting his future wife, Verklärte Nacht is regarded as Schoenberg's earliest important work.

These performances are an exciting collaboration with Texture Contemporary Ballet, rising stars in the world of dance. Texture's founder and co-artistic director Alan Obuzor was named one of Dance Magazine's top 25 dancers to watch in 2013. Brooke Larimer, mezzo-soprano (Macbeth) makes her return to Resonance Works for these performances, alongside tenor Robert Frankenberry (Amahl, Rorem).

Resonance Chamber Orchestra:
Sandro Leal Santiesteban, Jason Neukom, Dawn Posey, Sean Neukom, Jason Hohn, Maija Anstine, Hannah Whitehead, Katya Janpoladyan, Jesica Sharp Crewe, Lindsey J. Goodman, Lenny Young, Rachael Stutzman, Renee Anthony Dee, Liz Thompson, Jennie Dorris, Uliana Kozhevnikova

Schoenberg Sextet:
Dawn Posey, Kate Black, Jason Hohn, Maija Anstine, Hannah Whitehead, Katya Janpoladyan

Lighting Designer - Kate Devlin Matz
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