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Concert - Lore Lixenberg (mezzo), Jolyon Laycock (piano)
Double bill – Featuring Lore Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano Friday & Saturday 11 & 12 May – Arnolfini.
Double ticket (both concerts) £20
Buy your tickets here - www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/music/details/1244
Lore Lixenberg is one of this country’s leading exponents of contemporary vocal music. Her international operatic career has included the roles of Peaches and Baby Jane in the controversial Jerry Springer the Opera. Lixenberg is not just a good singer, she is a deeply theatrical performer, who constantly transgressed the boundaries of musical performance… with ease and astonishing results.
( S & H Concert Review, Jean Martin, 2004)
…Lixenberg’s rich powerful voice has an almost bewildering range of colours and a breathtaking upper register… (Metro)
Concert 1 – voice and piano
Friday 11 May 8pm Tickets £10 (£7 Concs.)
Plus introductory talk 7pm
Raymond Warren Another Spring 5 poems by Christina Rossetti (World Premiere)
John Pitts Dreams do Show thee me 2 sonnets by Shakespeare - "Since I Left You" (World Premiere) and "When Most I Wink"
Jolyon Laycock Six Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay (World Premiere) John Cage She is asleep (1943), a flower (1950) The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (James Joyce) (1942) Experiences no.2
George Crumb Apparition – Elegiac Songs and Vocalises for soprano and amplified piano (Walt Whitman)
Laycock’s Millay Sonnets were written for Lore Lixenberg, exploiting the full range of her remarkable voice. Millay is one of America’s most important national poets. Her six sonnets, first published in 1917, are an intense expression of love, loss and bereavement. The programme features music from Lixenberg’s contemporary repertoire plus her personal selection of songs by SCA members.
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