Dear Bay Area friends, family and colleagues,
I hope this finds you having a restful and refreshing summer! I'm writing to let you know that I will be giving a recital in San Jose exactly one month from now. The recital will be a journey of French mélodie from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. The concert will comprise 21 songs by 19 French composers, exploring how they set the texts of their time. We hope to tell a story of language in music and text, and I hope you will be able to walk away knowing a little bit more about this amazing miniature art form. I first performed this concert in Wisconsin last December. The recital has also been performed in New Hampshire, and will go to Singapore in 2010. I'm very excited to be sharing this amazing music with you!
Although admission to this concert is not free, I hope you will consider coming in part to support the vocal music program at San Jose State University. As you know, arts programs have suffered tremendously across the state and country due to budget cuts, and these programs need our support as much as possible. I would not be half the artist I am today were it not for the SJSU vocal program, and I am excited to be able to support the program in this way.
(If you will be unable to make this concert, there are plans to bring this back to the San Francisco/East Bay area sometime within the next year, so stay tuned!)
Jennifer Lien, soprano
Daniel Lockert, piano
When and Where:
Monday, September 14, 7:30 p.m. (The concert will be 1 hour 15 minutes long.)
San Jose State University
School of Music and Dance
1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA
General Admission: $15
SJSU Students with ID: Free
Proceeds will benefit the SJSU Vocal Music Program
Mélodie et poésie: 19 French Composers and the Texts of their Time
Music by Berlioz, Gounod, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Duparc, Faure, Chausson, Sévérac, Debussy, Roussel, Ravel, Honegger, Satie, Durey, Sauguet, Messiaen, Leguerney and Poulenc
Poetry by Gautier, Hugo, Baudelaire, Silvestre, de Lisle, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, Cocteau and others
Why: Because there's a great story in there, and I hope to be able to let the songs tell it to you.
Directions to San Jose State University can be found at: http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/campus_maps/directions/
A map of the university can be found here, together with parking garage locations: http://www2.sjsu.edu/parking/pages/maps2.html
(Please note that parking passes are only available at the North (10th St) and South (7th St) garages.)
The Music Building is a short walk from either garage.
If you have friends and family who might like this kind of music (it's surprisingly accessible for first-timers), please invite them to come! I hope to see you and catch up with you at these concerts; and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to let me know!