The lovely Miriam Khalil and Acadian pianist Julien LeBlanc will bring their recital Airs Chantés to Toronto for one performance at Gallery 345 on Oct. 24, 2013. The program comprises French and Spanish art songs of the Impressionistic and 20th-century period. The first half of the recital will include excerpts from Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées and will conclude with Poulenc’s well-known song cycle Airs Chantés. The second half is rounded out by three French melodies by Massenet, Ravel and Delibes in a Spanish style, Jesus Guridi’s uncommonly performed Seis Canciones Castellanas and three songs from Obrador’s Canciones Classicás españolas. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at http://www.miriamkhalil.com and at the door.
New York composer Jeffrey Leiser has laaunched a kickstarter to raise funds to allow him to record his newly composed work The Summit, a symphony in four movements. I’m intrigued by this as I love exploring the links between mathematics and music and this piece is inspired by Georg Cantor, an important figure in the development of set theory and, in particular, the rather deep idea of countable and uncountable infinities. The kickstarter is here.
Finally, a quick plug for The Lady in Number 6; a documentary which tells the story of concert pianist and oldest living Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer. This isn’t just Alice’s story, it’s also the story of that bizarre antechamber to hell, Theresienstadt, where the Nazis showcased their “humane” treatment of the Jews. Another product of that bizarre place; Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis is playing at Chicago Opera Theatre this season. Anyway here’s the trailer for the film: