American song to be spotlighted in Collaborative Works Festival

Wed Jul 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Soprano Nicole Heaston will perform at the 2015 Collaborative Works Festival in September.

Soprano Nicole Heaston will perform at the 2015 Collaborative Works Festival in September.

American art song will be prominent in this fall’s edition of the Collaborative Works Festival.

The festival will open September 9 with a recital by Luca Pisaroni. The Italian bass-baritone—who will star as the Count in the Lyric Opera’s season-opening production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro—will perform songs by Schubert, Bellini, Donaudy and Tosti at Ganz Recital Hall.

A September 10 program at the Poetry Foundation will explore the impact of Transcendentalism on American composers. Sopranos Laquita Mitchell and Nicole Heaston and tenor Nicholas Phan will perform songs by Charles Ives and Ned Rorem, Aaron Copland’s 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson and Lee Hoiby’s The Shining Place.

The final program will present American music inspired by spirituality. Mitchell, Heaston and Phan will be heard in Leonard Bernstein’s Simple Song, John Carter’s Cantata, Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs, and excerpts from Copland’s Old American Songs.

A master class presented by pianist Craig Terry will also take place on September 11.

For further information, go to caichicago.org.

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