January 28, 2017:


piaNO – a recital of songs for voice & not piano

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00pm
Behind the Door
219 Court Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

tickets at songswithoutpiano.brownpapertickets.com
all revenue will benefit the New York branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Vertical Player Repertory presents sopranos Elise Brancheau, Chelsea Feltman, and Katya Gruzglina in piaNO, a recital of songs for voice and solo instruments – but not piano. The recital will feature instrumentalists Timothy Leonard, cellist; David Rocca, bassoonist; Charlotte Nicholas, violinist; and Christian Berrigan, guitarist.

The program opens with the beloved aria “Bist du bei mir,” arranged for violin, cello, and soprano (although generally attributed to J. S. Bach, it’s actually from Diomedes, an opera by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel). Andrew Hsu’s contemporary piece for soprano and cello, “Philtrum,” with text by the poet Taije Silverman, explores the origin of the philtrum (the indent above the lips and below the nose), as explained in Jewish mythology. Lori Laitman’s poignant song cycle for soprano and bassoon, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” sets poetry written by children killed in the Holocaust. Violin and voice are paired in Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Suite for Violin and Voice,” inspired by Portuguese folk melodies. Bringing the folk theme closer to home, a set of songs by iconic female singer/songwriters of the 1960s, accompanied by guitar, will close the program.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students with a valid student ID), and may be purchased online or at the door, based on availability. Reservations or pre-purchase strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

All proceeds of this recital will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national organization that defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. A representative from the NYCLU will be present at the performance to speak briefly about the organization’s mission and ways to donate and/or get involved. For more information on the ACLU, visit www.aclu.org, and for the NYCLU, visit nyclu.org