“Love and Other Difficulties”
Sunday, February 15; 7:30 p.m.
Aurea sets its gaze on the subject of love for the 2015 season opener. This special Valentine program merges the great Brahms G Major String Sextet, Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Gershwin’s Lullaby and Respighi’s Il Tramonto, featuring mezzo-soprano, Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, with poetry of Shelley, Novalis, Rilke and Nigel Gore, and improvisations of Chris Turner. Performers include: Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo-soprano; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader and harmonica; Katherine Winterstein, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
60 minute performance, plus a post-show talk back with the artists.
$30.00 adults, $25.00 seniors, $8.00 with student I.D.
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Sunday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Aurea premiers music of acclaimed contemporary composers Barbara Kolb (Bulgarian Chant), Nina Young (Memento Mori), and Geoffrey Gibbs (Broad Cove Ballads), with poetry of Alonzo Gibbs and other contemporary poets. This first collaboration of premieres will be followed by a second program of premieres by the same composers, honoring the centennial of the birth of poet Alonzo Gibbs, father of Geoffrey Gibbs. Featuring Katherine Winterstein, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader and harmonica; and Diana McVegh, soprano.
“Britten Illuminations, Part II”
Sunday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Moving from Benjamin Britten’s early compositional period and his travel to the U.S. explored in Part I, this program picks up with Britten’s return to England, focusing on his later string quartets and other influences. It includes improvisations of Chris Turner; readings from Thomas Mann, T.S. Eliot, and Thomas Hardy; and the letters and diary entries of Peter Pears, Shostakovitch, Rostropovitch, and Britten. Featuring Katherine Wintertstein, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader and harmonica.
With the support of the R.I. State Council on the Arts, the White Family Foundation, the Carter Family Charitable Trust, Geoffrey Gibbs, and the Old Slater Mill Association.