Indian Hill Music’s Faculty Showcase Recitals provide a venue for Indian Hill Faculty and Students to perform music based on the themes established by the Orchestra of Indian Hill’s concert season. January’s Recital features piano and vocal music by French composers Fauré, Debussy, Boulanger, Massenet, and Duparc.
Faculty pianist Amy Lee opens the program with Trois Morceaux pour Piano by Lili Boulanger, who hailed from a musical family in Paris and who was the first woman composer to win the Prix de Rome in 1913. “Her music has exquisite harmonies, with influences of Fauré and Debussy,” said Ms. Lee. “Though she died at the early age of 24, her Three Pieces (Trois Morceaux) are beautiful gems of a tremendous potential. Her death was a tremendous loss to the musical world.”
Boulanger’s sister, Nadia, was also a pianist and composer, and was considered one of the greatest pedagogues of the 20th century. “The Boulanger sisters have a rich musical legacy, which lives on in today’s composers, musicians, and me,” said Ms. Lee, whose teacher at Longy School of Music, Judith Ross, studied with Nadia Boulanger. “One cannot think or speak of French music without mentioning Lili and Nadia Boulanger.”
Faculty vocalists Susan Bonito, soprano and Rob Woodin, baritone, will perform pieces by Fauré and Massenet.
Ms. Bonito notes that she chose to sing Cinq mélodies “de Venise,” Op. 58 by Gabriel Fauré for the French program because a couple of the songs were among the first French songs I learned in college, but I had never learned the entire opus,” she said. All five of the songs are based on poems by Paul Verlaine from his collections Fêtes galantes and Romances sans paroles.
“I also chose the final duet from the opera Thaïs by Jules Massenet because I wanted to collaborate with faculty baritone Rob Woodin. This piece, in particular, also afforded the opportunity to collaborate with a violin student from Indian Hill Music School. In this duet, the beautiful and very famous “Meditation” violin solo comes back and is also incorporated into the vocal lines for Thaïs. The piece features Eric Kamen on piano, and violinist Andrew Hill, a student of Alexander Vavilov.
Also in the program are solo and duet piano pieces by Debussy, performed by Ms. Lee and Mr. Kamen, and songs by Fauré and Duparc, sung by Mr. Woodin, accompanied by Ms. Lee.
The Indian Hill Music Faculty Showcase Recital Series is sponsored by Nashoba Real Estate.