Sunday, January 18, 2009

Today: Celebrating Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall

Today, we'll be at Carnegie Hall celebrating mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne's Diamond Birthday and the Marilyn Horne Foundation's 15th Anniversary. Proceeds from the day benefit the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Inc., which she founded in 1993 "to ensure that young singers in this new millennium have the same opportunities she had, and that the vocal recital remains a viable and living art form in this country."

Update: Every minute was thrilling. It was such a beautiful, fun and touching tribute. Songs sets were interspersed with video montages of Marilyn's career, both in pictures and performance clips. Messages were sent via video from colleagues and friends who couldn't be there, including from Barbara Cook, Dame Joan Sutherland, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson, Carol Burnett, her family, including her three grandchildren, and others. They even sang "happy birthday" to her via a delightful video montage.

The Program, hosted by Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey:

Shumann: Die beiden Grenadier, Op. 49, No. 1
Lester Lynch, Baritone
Carrie-Ann Matheson, Piano

Bizet: Adieux de l'hostesse arabe
Nicole Cabell, Soprano
Carrie-Ann Matheson, Piano

Bellini: La ricordanza
Bruce Sledge, Tenor
Carrie-Ann Matheson, Piano

Elgar: Where Corals Lie
Meredith Arwady, Contralto
Carrie-Ann Matheson, Piano

Rossini: Conzonetta spagnuola
Isabel Leonard
Carrie-Ann Matheson, Piano

A Song of Praise (world premier, by William Bolcom, Text by Sheldon Harnick) Meredith Arwady Nicole Cabell Isabel Leonard Lester Lynch Bruce Sledge
William Bolcom, Piano
Martin Katz, Piano

Saint-Saens: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix
Dorlora Zajick, Mezzo-Soprano
Warren Jones, Piano

Donizetti: Una Fortiva Lagrima
Piotr Beczala, Tenor

Thomas: Connais-tu le pay
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
Brian Zeger, Piano

Stravinsky: I was never saner
James Morris, Bass-Baritone
Brian Zeger, Piano

Handel: Cara sposa
David Daniels, Countertenor
Martin Katz, Piano

Verdi: O Carlo, ascolta
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Warren Jones, Piano

Brahms: Wie bist du, meine Konigin
Thomas Quasthoff, Bass-Baritone
Martin Katz, Piano

Dvorak: Kdvz mne stara matka zpivat
Karita Mattila, Soprano
Martin Katz, Piano

Mahler: Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen
Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Warren Jones, Piano

Copland: I bought me a Cat
Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-Soprano
Samuel Ramey, Bass
Martin Katz, Piano

Foster: I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Martin Katz, Piano

Rossini: Tanti affetti
Joyce Didonato, Mezzo-Soprano
Brian Zeger, Piano


karigee said...

Ooh, Dmitri! yum yum yum. Sounds amazing!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your post - I wanted to know who the unnamed tenor was (Beczala). Did you know that Jackie's family members and also Florence Henderson were in the hall with us? I could see them from where I was sitting. Renee Fleming turned out to e in Wash DC at the Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial at exactly the same time. Thanks for the posting and the photos - this was a glorious event!