From Sea to Shining Sea: A Selection of American Art Songs

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With: Christian Bester (baritone), Laetitia Orlandi (piano), Shannon LaBonte Arme (horn)

The recital will feature a variety of compositional styles and regional flavours of American art songs composers, composed at the turn of the nineteenth-century till present day. The program will feature among others Simon Sargon’s “A clear midnight,” poems by Walt Whitman, for baritone, piano and horn. This ‘unusual’ trio offers the listener a unique musical texture. The composition presents the horn soloist as an equal player in the musical fabric, rather than its usual role as obligato instrument. By presenting integrated national American idioms of significant American composers, the performers hopes to not only raise awareness and admiration for this important body of vocal literature but also showcase the varied composers’ regional and global compositional influences through art songs.