Kathryn Findlen, Kenneth Frazelle, & Rick Masters

Richard Masters, Kathryn Findlen, and Kenneth Frazelle


Weill Recital Hall
May 20, 2013 – 8:00 PM

Mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Richard Masters give New York premieres of two recent compositions by Kenneth Frazelle. The evocative “Songs in the Rear View Mirror” will be paired with Ken’s newest piano work: “Book of Blue Flowers.” The concert is also a New York debut for the duo.

“Songs in the Rear View Mirror” is part road trip, part reminiscence, as composer and lyricist Frazelle travels through his native North Carolina and other southern states, inspired by the words of James Agee and photographs of Walker Evans and William Christenberry. Ten songs in total, the cycle covers a great deal of emotional ground, from the comedic road signs dotting the rural landscape, to painful memories of a childhood trauma. A San Francisco critic called the piece “one of the finest American song cycles in recent or distant memory…”

The program will begin with three songs of composer Robert Ward, including his “Hymn to the Night” from the Fifth Symphony, featuring violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson, first violinist of the Voxare String Quartet. Pianist Richard Masters also presents the world premiere of Frazelle’s “Book of Blue Flowers” a short set of impressions for solo piano.

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