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Sharon Isbin, guitar, with Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano

Grammy®-winning guitarist Isbin is joined by mezzo-soprano Mentzer for an eclectic program, from Mozart to folksongs to the Washington premiere of Duarte’s Joan Baez Suite.

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Part of the Kennedy Center "250 Years of Mozart" celebration

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, Grammy Award(r) winner Sharon Isbin has served as artistic director and soloist for festivals at Carnegie Hall and as director of guitar departments at Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School. A "brilliant virtuoso" (The Times of London), she plays with "superb artistry" and "mesmerizing finesse" (The Los Angeles Times). With "waves of smooth vocal beauty" (The New York Times) mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer sings a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Mahler. Together, the duo present a wide spectrum of works for guitar and voice--from Mozart to folksongs from America, Spain, and France. The concert will also include the Washington premiere of John Duarte's Joan Baez Suite, a seven-movement solo guitar work written for Isbin that features songs from Baez's early folk-singing career.

Program and Notes

Abendempfindung an Laura
Three Tonadillas
El Majo discreto (trans. J. Apiazu) El mirar de la Maja (trans. S. Isbin) El tra la la y el punteado (trans. J. Azpiatu)
Four Bergerettes (18th Century French Folksongs)
(Arranged by Siegfried Behrend/Revised by Sharon Isbin) Jeunes Fillettes Que ne suis-je la fougère! L'amour s'envole Maman, dites-moi
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Aranjuez ma pensée
Four French Folk Songs
Arranged by Matyas Seiber (1905-1960) Réveillez-vous J'ai descendu Le Rossignol Marguerite, elle est malade
Joan Baez Suite, Opus 144 (2002)
Written for Sharon Isbin Commissioned by the Augustine Foundation 1. Fantasia: Once I had a sweetheart; Rambler gambler; Barbara Allen 2. House of the rising sun 3. The lily of the west 4. The unquiet grave 5. Silkie 6. Where have all the flowers gone? 7. Finale: Rake and rambling boy; Wildwood flower; The trees they do grow high
Five American Folk Songs
Red Rosey Bush (Arr. Carlos Barbosa-Lima) Go 'way from my window (John Jacob Niles/Trans. by S. Isbin) Black is the color of my true love's hair (Arr. Laurindo Almeida) The Nightingale (Arr. Barbosa-Lima) Wayfaring Stranger (Arr. Barbosa-Lima)
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