Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sharon Isbin, guitar and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano (U.S.)
These two dynamic American performers come together for a special recital of Spanish duo and solo works as part of the Kennedy Center international festival Iberian Suite: global arts remix.
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015
- Terrace Theater
- Running Time: TBA
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"The Monet of the classical guitar...a master colorist"
--Atlanta Journal Constitution
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
"She sings with beguiling tenderness in moments of composure, but her voice throbs with penetrating intensity"
--The New York Times
Renowned for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, three-time Grammy Award(r) winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time" (Boston Magazine). She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Classical Guitarist" award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with more than 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world's finest halls.
Highly acclaimed for her "passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty," mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both at home in the United States and internationally. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Richard Tucker Award from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and recent Grammy Award(r) winner for Thomas Adès's The Tempest (Best Opera Recording). She is appearing as Angelina in Washington National Opera's production of Rossini's Cinderella in May 2015.
As part of the Kennedy Center international festival Iberian Suite: global arts remix, these two dynamic American performers come together for a recital of Spain's musical pantheon: Lorca, Falla, Rodrigo, Albéniz, Granados, Tárrega, and Montsalvatge.
Program and Notes
- Federico Lorca
- [A] 4 selections from Canciones españolas antiguas
- Francisco Tárrega
- Recuerdos de la Alhambra
- Isaac Albéniz
- Federico Lorca
- [B] 4 selections from Canciónes españolas antiguas
- Joaquin Rodrigo
- Aranjuez ma pensée
- Federico Lorca
- La Tarara
- Xavier Montsalvatge
- 2 selections from Cinco canciónes negras
- Enrique Granados
- Spanish Dance No. 5
IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Presented in cooperation with the governments of Portugal and Spain
His Majesty King Juan Carlos
Festival Leadership Committee
José Andrés, Natalia and Carlos Bulgheroni, Helen Lee Henderson, Amalia Perea Mahoney,
Former President Felipe González Márquez, The Honorable Luis Alberto Moreno, and David M. Rubenstein
Ambassador Elizabeth F. Bagley, Natalia and Carlos Bulgheroni,
Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, and David and Alice Rubenstein
The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts are supported by generous contributors to the
Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund
from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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