Two Dartmouth alumnae who were musicians as students and have gone on to flourishing musical careers post-college return to their alma mater for an evening of art songs centered on nature.
Sarah Nelson Craft (left) and Deirdre Brenner (right)
Deirdre Brenner, piano, and Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo soprano, perform on Wednesday, March 6, 7 pm in Spaulding Auditorium. The two also will coach Dartmouth students in two master classes that are free and open to observers! On Monday, March 4, 5 to 6:30 pm, in Faulkner Recital Hall, Nelson Craft will coach Dartmouth singers Brianna Aubrey, Tara Gallagher and Margaret Cross (sopranos) and Ben Nesselrodt (baritone). On Tuesday, March, 6:30 to 8 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium, Brenner gives a piano/chamber music master class.
Brenner and Craft both boast celebrated music careers. Brenner has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia and co-founded music festivals in Ireland and Vienna. Craft has received wide acclaim for solo and operatic performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Opéra Bastille and with opera companies around the country.
Watch Sarah Nelson Craft prepare for her performance at the Carnegie Hall, about which Voce di Meche wrote, “She is a born storyteller and one can readily visualize the scenes about which she is singing. She truly inhabits the song and makes it hers, as if she were making it up on the spot… the use of vocal color and dramatic expressiveness brought the songs to vivid life… We felt as if we were living this scene along with her.”
Their Hop program brings together German Lieder, American art songs and other works clustered around scenes of nature and forests. Lieder, like art songs, are usually written as a narrative, sung by a solo singer to a piano accompaniment. Art songs are often compositions set to poems, and Brenner and Craft’s performance will include art songs set to the works of several instantly recognizable poets such as Robert Frost and James Joyce. Among the works being performed are: Three Songs by Samuel Barber, setting James Joyce’s translations of German poet Gottfried Keller; Gilda Lyons’s universally evocative Songs of Lament and Praise; and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Elliott Carter’s Three Poems of Robert Frost.
Watch this ‘last interview’ with the late Elliott Carter: