Fête Concerts celebrates the Bard with works by 20th and 21st Century composers. Intimate pieces by Christian Jost, Hans Werner Henze, and Madeleine Dring and a Shakespeare inspired monologue by Ted Zoldan.
Paul Dab, piano
Chelsea Hollow, soprano
Anne Hepburn Smith, soprano
Patrick Smith, guitar
Erica Zappia, viola
William Shakespeare, through his collected plays and poetry, has inspired artists for centuries. Painters, writers, composers, and film-makers have all turned to these timeless stories as a source for new work. Fête Concerts is proud to celebrate Shakespeare and the composers who have responded to his wealth of emotional and narrative material.
Hans Werner Henze wrote Royal Winter Music for solo guitar in the 1970s as two sonatas based on Shakespearean characters. The title comes from Richard IIIs opening monologue Now is the Winter of our discontent.
Madeleine Dring was an English composer and actress who had a large output of instrumental, vocal, and stage works. Her Seven Shakespeare Songs include Take O take those lips away from Measure for Measure and Come away, death from Twelfth Night.
Christian Jost composed his opera Hamlet in 2008 and portrays the existential quest of the title character by dividing him into a Soprano role and a choir. Hamlet Echoes for viola, soprano, and piano captures the essence of this opera in an intimate chamber work.
As always we will serve cheese, wine, and cake before, during intermission, and after the performance…let’s celebrate!
Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com.
$20 and $10 for students/seniors/C4NM members
May 6th at 8pm
Pre Concert Reception begins at 7:30pm
Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street, SF