Soprano Cheryl Cobb, flutist Adrianne Greenbaum, cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman, and pianist Gary Steigerwalt will perform colorful works by Maurice Ravel, George Crumb, André Jolivet, and Kaija Saariaho Friday, March 30, at 8 pm in McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall.
The program opens with the frenetic dancing and sorrowful cries of Jolivet's Chant de Linos for flute and piano, based on an ancient Greek funeral lament. The entire ensemble then joins forces for Saariaho's compelling Die Aussicht and Ravel's Chansons madecasses, settings of three Madagascan poems by Evariste-Desire de Parny dating from 1787. The songs evoke a nocturnal rendezvous of two lovers, a warning cry against impending Western imperialism, and sensations of a languorous tropical evening.
The program concludes with American composer George Crumb's Vox Balanae (Voice of the Whale) for three masked performers on flute, cello and piano. Crumb recreates the oceanic environment and singing sounds of the humpback whale through flute speaking, piano string strumming and haunting harmonics on the cello. The work ends with a luminous "Sea-Nocturne" in which the players fade to silence on a short repeated melody.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Michéle Scanlon or call 413-538-2306.