After roasting swans last week in our nation's capital, I get to spend this week singing songs of a different nature.
Rehearsing Hahn at the Morgan (thanks to Helicon's Artistic Director, James Roe, for the pic)
Tonight, I perform with an incredible, slightly under-the-radar organization called Helicon in one of their few public performances in the group's history. Helicon is a private chamber music society that meets four times a year for four different themed musical symposiums. At these evenings, Helicon's subscribers get to experience programs and discussions of chamber music performed and discussed by phenomenal musicians who specialize in this repertoire. I've performed with the organization a few times now, and their evenings are truly an extraordinary experience. They are New York City's modern-day, musical salon.
This evening's program at the Morgan Library (a unique opportunity for the general public to get to experience a taste of of what Helicon has to offer) focuses on the musical life surrounding Marcel Proust. My contribution to tonight's concert will be an extended set of songs by Reynaldo Hahn, who was Proust's lover for an extended period.
Reynaldo Hahn (August 9, 1874 – January 28, 1947)
On Friday, Myra and I revisit the two familiar friends pictured below in recital in North Carolina. You can read some of my ramblings about that program here and here...or (if you'll excuse the shameless plug) in the my liner notes for our latest album, which you can purchase here and here.