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Vocal Arts DC presents: Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano & Jake Heggie, piano

Vocal Arts DC presents: Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano & Jake Heggie, piano

Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:00 PM

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Vocal Arts DC - 25th Anniversary Season
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Jake Heggie, piano

The most beloved American mezzo-soprano of her generation, Susan Graham continues to enjoy a remarkable international career at the highest level. She is the recipient of a Grammy Award for her album of songs by Charles Ives and France's prestigious "Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur" in recognition of her enormous popularity in France and dedication to French music. Her many additional accolades have included an Opera News Award and her selection by Musical America as "Vocalist of the Year." Her uniquely warm, vibrantly colored, and flexible instrument has delighted audiences at all the world's great opera houses, and been well documented with an impressive discography and videography. A champion of modern American composers, she will offer the world premiere, with the composer at the keyboard, of a new cycle composed for her by Jake Heggie. With lyrics by Gene Scheer, Iconic Legacies is inspired by artifacts donated by U.S. first ladies to the Smithsonian collection. The program also includes Schumann's "Frauenliebe und -leben," and songs by Rorem and Berlioz.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/4 hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Program & Notes

Ned Rorem
Three Songs
"Early in the Morning", "For Poulenc", "O You Whom I Often and Silently Come"