Gilda Lyons

Gilda Lyons

  Jocelyn Dueck

Jocelyn Dueck

  Robert Frankenberry

Robert Frankenberry

Concert #2

Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, New York, NY

An Evening of ART Songs by Daron Hagen

Gilda Lyons, soprano | Robert Frankenberry, tenor | Jocelyn Dueck, piano

PHANTOMS OF MYSELF (2000)

Cycle for Soprano and Piano on Poetry of Susan Griffin

  1.  I Wake Thinking of Myself as a Man
  2. A Story
  3. Confession
  4. Her Sadness Runs Beside Her Like a Horse
  5. "Quiet, quiet heart"
  6. Absence
  7. "I wake to your gestures…"

Ms. Lyons & Ms. Dueck

LETTING GO (2002)*

Cycle for Voice and Piano

  1. "A Suite of Appearances" (Mark Strand)
  2. Ferry Me Across the Water (Christina Rosetti)
  3. Ghost Letter (Richard McCann)
  4. "I’ll sing a song to my love" (Gwen Hagen)
  5.  Prayer to Sparrow in Two Seasons (Jeffrey Skinner)
  6. The Second Law (Stephen Sandy)
  7. Psalm 150

Mr. Frankenberry & Ms. Dueck

BROKEN PIECES (2003)

A Love Story in One Scene

Libretto by Barbara Grecki

Ms. Lyons, Mr. Frankenberry, Ms. Dueck

* = New York premiere


PROGRAM NOTES

PHANTOMS OF MYSELF (2000)

Susan Griffin, philosopher, poet, Emmy-winning playwright, and feminist thinker, celebrates not only feminism and femininity but also human nature in her poetry. I am drawn to her work because of its enormous emotional and technical range. I’ve arranged the poems into a twenty-four hour cycle, beginning and ending with the act of waking, following the poet through what I imagine might be the sequence of her thoughts and emotions during the course of a single day. Commissioned by Ashley Putnam in memory of Cynthia Auerbach, Phantoms of Myself was premiered on May 10th, 2000 at the Therese L. Kaufmann Concert Hall of the 92nd Street Y in New York City. I accompanied Ashley that evening. 

LETTING GO (2002)

I first intended to end this cycle with a setting of Ecclesiastes (“A time to be born and a time to die” and so forth) but decided on Psalm 150 because, after the difficult sequence of tableaux which lead up to the final song, I wanted the fervent praise-singing at the end to serve as much an act of reaching towards faith as an expression of faith. The Joy in Singing Foundation originally commissioned The Second Law and the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned Ghost Letter for Robert White. The world premiere of Letting Go as a complete cycle took place on December 11th, 2002 at the Auditório do Departamento de Comunicação e Arte da Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal. Claire Vangelisti was accompanied by Alfredo Carerra. 

BROKEN PIECES (2003)

The west coast premiere of Broken Pieces was given on March 8th, 2005 at Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles, California by the University of Southern California Chamber Opera conducted by Sarah Danielle. This evening’s performers gave the east coast premiere on May 20th, 2005 at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, New York.  — Daron Hagen