The first solo recital of the season at the Mount Allison department of music will feature soprano Helen Pridmore. This unusual program will feature music written for the voice alone, without any instrumental accompaniment. The recital will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium and all are invited to attend.
More standard repertoire for voice usually includes keyboard accompaniment, most often a piano. Pridmore’s recital, however, showcases music that features the voice alone, demonstrating the technical and expressive range of the human voice.
Pridmore’s program includes the premiere of Canadian composer Robert Morin’s vocal work Enigmatic Things, written especially for her. The recital also features two works by internationally renowned French composer Philippe Leroux: one an intense meditation on love and loss, and the other a quick and amusing piece with plenty of wordplay.
The program will also present works by composers who submitted voice solos to a competition sponsored by the Washington Composers’ Forum last winter. Pridmore selected a winning composition and two runners-up, and performed these works at her recital in Seattle last February. She will reprise them for this program.
Opening and closing the evening will be works by the American composer John Cage, whose vocal works form an important part of Pridmore’s repertoire. She performed Cage’s music at her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012.
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