Mirror EnsembleThe Mirror Visions Ensemble, a chamber music vocal trio featuring soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree and baritone Jesse Blumberg, co-founded by Artistic Director Tobé Malawista, presents “Emmanuel Chabrier: Impressionism in Music, Painting and Life” during a return engagement at New York University’s Frederick Loewe Theatre on Tuesday, October 29th at 8PM.

Admired and loved by Debussy, Ravel and Satie, the music of French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894) is one of the sparkling jewels of French culture. The Mirror Visions Ensemble showcases a portrait in music of Chabrier, featuring a program of his works and those of his composer friends (including Vincent d’Indy, Henri Duparc and Ernest Chausson) and poet Paul Verlaine, his admirers (including Poulenc, who authored a biography of Chabrier and commented that it was he who introduced tenderness and joy into French music) as well as a commission featuring texts from Chabrier’s known correspondence set by American contemporary composer Christopher Berg. Berg’s compositions include Tristan, La Puce de Guypozcoa, Jeu de calembours, Sans piano, Lettre de regret and Arbres, all excerpted from letters — plus a postcard — written by Chabrier in the late 1800s, which display his good humor, wit and warmth. The opening piece on the program is a trio from the comic operetta Fisch-Ton-Kan, which Chabrier and Verlaine wrote together when they were in their early twenties, and of which only five complete numbers survive. Also included on the program are two four-hand piano duets composed by Chabrier — Souvenirs de Munich and Cortège burlesque — performed by Gary Chapman and Christopher Berg.

Following a successful residency at New York University last fall, the Mirror Visions Ensemble also returns for a masterclass at the Frederick Loewe Theatre on October 28 at 7PM.

October 29, 2013 at 8PM
Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
35 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012
Tickets: $10/$5 for students
212-998-4941; www.nyu.edu/ticketcentral
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“Emmanuel Chabrier: Impressionism in Music, Painting and Life”

Christopher Berg and Gary Chapman, piano


Trio from operetta Fisch-Ton-Kan: Emmanuel Chabrier/ Paul Verlaine
Tristan: Christopher Berg/ Chabrier
Sérénade florentine: Henri Duparc/ Henri Cazalis
Sérénade italienne: Ernest Chausson/ Paul Bourget
Madrigal: Vincent d’Indy/ Robert de Bonnières
Souvenirs de Munich: Chabrier
Tes yeux bleus: Chabrier/ Maurice Rollinat
Ballade des gros dindons: Chabrier/ Edmond Rostand
Les cigales: Chabrier/ Rosemonde Gérard
Villanelle des petites canards: Chabrier/ Rosemonde Gérard
La Puce de Guypozcoa: Berg/ Chabrier
Jeu de calembours: Berg/ Chabrier
Sans piano: Berg/ Chabrier
Cortège burlesque: Chabrier
La Grenouillère: Francis Poulenc/ Guillaume Apollinaire
Romance from the opera L’Étoile: Chabrier / Eugène Letterier & Albert Vanloo
Duo de l’ouvreuse de l’Opéra Comique et de l’Employé du Bon Marché: Chabrier
Lettre de regret: Berg/ Chabrier
Chanson pour Jeanne: Chabrier/ Catulle Mendès
L’île heureuse: Chabrier/ Ephraïm Mikhaël
Arbres: Berg/ Chabrier

Photo Credit: J. Henry Fair

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