Experience love, loss, struggle, strength and Mother Nature with soprano Winnie Nieh and pianist Paul Dab. Featuring female composers Clara Schumann, Libby Larsen, Emma Logan, Julie Barwick and Rita Zhang, this program is sure to delight!
Experience love, loss, struggle, strength and Mother Nature with soprano Winnie Nieh and pianist Paul Dab in “A Woman’s Point of View”. A graduate of Harvard, known for her “impeccably pure and heart-breaking” voice, Winnie Nieh has participated in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, performed with celebrated collaborative pianist Graham Johnson at Songfest, appeared as a soloist with the legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart as well as in a staged Schubert-Goethe Lieder production at the Austrian Embassy in D.C. Pianist Paul Dab is a champion of chamber music, as both co-founder and performer of the Fête Concert Series, and as a performer with multiple Bay Area organizations, including Opera Theater Unlimited, Opera on Tap, Opera Cultura, and Cinnabar Theater. This hour-long program featuring distinguished female composers, past and present, is sure to delight!
“Sechs Lieder, Op.13” by Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Composed in the first years of her long-awaited marriage to Robert Schumann, these Lieder explore themes beloved by the German romantics, found in the poetry of Emanuel Geibel, Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Rückert.
“Songs from Letters” by Libby Larsen (b.1950): These rough-tough words, set brilliantly by Larsen, reveal Calamity Jane’s struggle to explain herself honestly to her daughter Janey.
“Songs from The Book of Light” by Emma Logan (b.1990): Set to three poems by Lucille Clifton, Logan poignantly sheds light on the inner struggle and strength of women.
“Nature Songs” by Julie Barwick (b.1983): Through the sharp imagery of poet Janet Lewis, Barwick’s songs vividly describe the wonders of nature.
“When You Are Old” by Rita Zhang (b.1990): Zhang elegantly portrays the pain and bittersweet nature of poet William Butler Yeats’ unrequited love for Irish revolutionary, suffragette and actress, Maud Gonne.