January 30 — February 1, 2020
"Je voudrais voir…", repeats Shéhérazade. "I would like to see…" This refrain sets the tone for Ravel’s Shéhérazade, named for the protagonist of 101 Arabian Nights — a woman who employs her imagination as a means of escape. With text based on three poems by Ravel’s friend Tristan Klingsor, this song cycle drips with the color the French composer is known for.
Earlier in the program, composer Alex Temple’s Liebeslied electronically distorts love songs of the 1950s, rendering them surreal and unrecognizable.
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Leonard is a true treasure ... immensely talented and charismatic ... already one of the world’s leading artists though still relatively early in her career. ”New York Classical Review