Sharon Isbin, guitar
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Isabel Leonard "sings with beguiling tenderness in moments of composure, but her voice throbs with penetrating intensity"--The New York Times
Sharon Isbin is "the Monet of the classical guitar...a master colorist"--Atlanta Journal Constitution
Guitar and voice is the quintessential Iberian musical combination. 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: Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Rodrigo, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Francisco Tárrega, and Xavier Montsalvatge, their program is an exotic mix of traditional songs and original compositions celebrating almost every corner of the country.
Renowned for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, three-time Grammy Award 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 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 this May.
Note: Sharon Isbin will sign CDs following the performance in the States Gallery outside the Terrace Theater.
Program and Notes
- Federico Lorca
- [A] 4 selections from Canciones españolas antiguas
(trans. Isbin) --El café de Chinitas --Romance de Don Boyso --Nana de Sevilla --Anda, jaleo
- Federico Lorca
- [B] 4 selections from Canciónes españolas antiguas
(trans. Isbin) --Los mozos de Monleón --Zorongo --Las morillas de Jaén --Sevillanas del sigolo XVIII
- Joaquin Rodrigo
- Aranjuez ma pensée
- Xavier Montsalvatge
- 2 selections from Cinco canciónes negras
(arr. Isbin) --Canción de cuña para dormir a un negrito --Canto negro
- Francisco Tárrega
- Recuerdos de la Alhambra
- Siete canciones populares españolas
IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Presented in cooperation with the governments of Portugal and Spain
His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos
Festival Leadership Committee
Rui Machete, Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
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
Additional support is provided by Abengoa, Logoplaste,
The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. McLarty, III, and Repsol.
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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