There are two themes that dominate my 2016-2017 season - art song and mythology. Just a few weeks into the season, they've already made themselves extremely prevalent. Since Labor Day, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Collaborative Works Festival in Chicago, and I then made my Asian debut singing Bach's fun secular cantata, The Dispute between Phoebus and Pan, in which a some Greek gods and demi-gods argue over which types of music they like best. Now, this week, I'm turning my attention to Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.
Both of these themes come together beautifully in what will be my next album with my longtime recital collaborator, pianist Myra Huang: Gods & Monsters. The album is a recording of the program that we will perform for our recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall next February, and will be comprised of German romantic Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mahler and Wolf in which these composers retell myths and legends about various gods, monsters, witches, knights, kings and all sorts of other fantastical creatures. You can catch a glimpse of what's to come in the little youtube video above.
We are currently seeking funding to see the album through its final production stages before its release in January 2017. If you'd like to learn more about the project as well as make a tax-deductible contribution in support of the album, as well as pre-order a copy, you can do so HERE. We would appreciate any support you can give to help us bring this phenomenally imaginative and beautiful music to the world!
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