PODCAST: Music and the Brain
The Cecilia Chorus of New York presents
Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
57th Street & 7th Avenue
Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Elgar The Music Makers
The Brothers Balliett Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses (world premiere)
Mark Shapiro, Conductor
A triptych of choral-orchestral works featuring the solo mezzo-soprano voice. Brahms’s soulful Alto Rhapsody and Elgar’s poignant The Music Makers frame a world premiere by The Brothers Balliett based on words by TED speaker and best-selling author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight). The Brothers Balliett's Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses traces the electrifying and inspiring narrative of Dr. Taylor's recovery from stroke, and the life lessons she learned along the way. With soloists, chorus, and orchestra.
Audience members are invited to raise their voices with those onstage in singing “Happy Birthday” to guest of honor Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.
Mark Shapiro writes, “Presenting three electrifying mezzo-soprano soloists in a single program makes me deeply happy. Although all vocal categories are irresistible, who among us has not secretly got a crush on the mezzo voice? And I love the idea of surrounding a commission from the slyly lyrical Brothers Balliett - and their absolutely sui generis contemporary imaginations - with the warm embrace of two luxurious works evoking the height of Romanticism.” Read Mark Shapiro’s conductor’s note.
Soloists will be Mezzo-sopranos Renée Tatum, Amanda Lynn Bottoms, and Naomi Louisa O’Connell. Ms. Tatum, who is appearing with The Cecilia Chorus of New York courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera, sang mezzo solo with the chorus in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (December 2017) and Ms. Bottoms sang Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the chorus in May 2016 (her Carnegie Hall debut).
This concert honors the life and legacy of mezzo-soprano Alice Mandelick Flagler (1872-1918), a founding member, officer and benefactor of The Cecilia Chorus of New York.