Voice of America: Florestan Recital Project presents BarberFest

Sunday, September 27, 2009 | 1:30pmDistler Performance Hall at Tufts University
Samuel Barber Beggar's song (10 Early Songs) (1936)
Samuel Barber Stopping by woods on a snowy evening (1935)*
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Samuel Barber Music, When Soft Voices Die (1926)*
Samuel Barber Two Poems of the Wind (1924)
Samuel Barber Mother, I cannot mind my wheel (10 Early Songs) (1927)
Samuel Barber Man (1926)*
Samuel Barber Serenader (10 Early Songs) (1934)
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Samuel Barber Rain has fallen, opus 10 (1935)
Samuel Barber Sleep now, opus 10 (1935)
Samuel Barber I hear an army, opus 10 (1936)
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Samuel Barber Nocturne, opus 13 (1940)
Samuel Barber Hermit Songs, opus 29 (1952-1953)

*Unpublished songs, obtained by special permission from the US Library of Congress and Barber's estate

Alison d'Amato, Aaron Engebreth, and Anne Kissel, Artistic Directors

Voice of America is presented in partnership with Florestan Recital Project and Tufts University Department of Music.

News and Press

[Concert Review] The Barber songbook
Samuel Barber (near left, with his lover Gian Carlo Menotti) once described himself as “a living dead composer,” and indeed, for most his life his commitment to romantic feeling in the modern age consigned him to the dustbin of critical opinion. But history has a way of upending that dustbin, and Barber’s gift for lyrical simplicity, cemented in the popular mind by his Adagio for Strings, has enabled him to outlast his detractors.
The Hub Review Full review
[Concert Review] Kicking off a vocal fest at Tufts
The conductor Gil Rose, after curating last year’s Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music, is admirably keeping alive the vision of a local new-music festival in late September. This year’s iteration, entitled “Voice of America,” is underway at Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center. It does not have the Ditson Fund’s generous backing so it paints on a necessarily smaller canvas, but last night’s opening performances made clear that it should be a richly rewarding weekend of American vocal music.
The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] Florestan and BMOP join forces to celebrate American vocal repertoire
This evening’s double concert in the Distler Performance Hall of Tufts’ Granoff Music Center began a 3-day festival involving a partnership between the Florestan Recital Project and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to highlight American vocal music. The former’s presentation was the 1st of 3 concerts which together would span the entire vocal opus of Samuel Barber, aptly titled, “BarberFest,” while the latter highlights contemporary compositions for vocalist(s) and chamber orchestra.
Classical Voice of New England Full review
[News Coverage] Quiet month gets stimulus
September is usually the quietest month of the year for local classical music, with the summer activity largely vanished and the fall tumult yet to descend. Last year was an exception, with the Alice M. Ditson Fund throwing a big new-music party for most of the established local ensembles over four days at the Institute of Contemporary Art. As groups collaborated and programmed on a broader canvas, the festival energized the local scene, and many musical insiders hoped it could become a fall tradition.
The Boston Globe Full coverage
[News Coverage] Voice of America Festival at Tufts
Presented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) in partnership with the Florestan Recital Project and Tufts University Department of Music, the Voice of America Festival will showcase a series of American vocal works, both new and unknown to Boston audiences, and bring an unprecedented diversity of American vocal music to Tufts University.
Classical Voice of New England Full coverage