Upcoming Performances

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Rivers School Conservatory 41st Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young @ The Rivers School Conservatory, Bradley Hall
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm

Faculty Recital

An Unexpected Encounter
Minkyung Oh, piano

Shakespeare Concerts @ Jordan Hall
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought” from From Sonnet to Song
Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano
Ulysses Quartet
Miroslav Sekera, piano

Apr
26
Fri
2019
WordSong 10th Anniversary “Circus of Tygers” Celebration Concert @ First Church Boston
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Keith Phares, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano
Apr
28
Sun
2019
Listening In: An Evening of Vocal Music by Howard Frazin @ Dunster House Library, Harvard University
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

About

Please join Dunster House and the Office for the Arts at Harvard for an unforgettable evening of music by local composer Howard Frazin, held in one of Harvard’s most prized venues—the Dunster House Library.

Sunday’s concert will showcase an all-star lineup of professional musicians performing, among other works, Mr. Frazin’s song cycle, Letting Go, the text of which was written by the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Harvard alum Donald Hall, as well as Mr. Frazin’s riveting work, The Voice of Isaac—an oratorio retelling the story of Abraham and Isaac from Isaac’s perspective—that was premiered at Boston’s Jordan Hall in 2003 and later performed in Sander’s Theatre. It is sure to be an evening you won’t want to miss! Tickets are available to the entire Harvard Community but seating is extremely limited and must be reserved in advance in order attend.

Program

Danse Russe
The Voice of Isaac for Four Singers and Piano
May
2
Thu
2019
What Binds Us Together: The Binding of Isaac Story in Music @ Temple Beth El
May 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Voice of Isaac
Keith Phares, baritone
Oratorio Chorale
Emily Isaacson, artistic director
Christopher Staknys, piano


“What Binds Us Together” is a series of events comprising a multimedia lecture, Holocaust Remembrance Day community observance, film screening, and concerts. The series of interfaith, multimedia experiences is aimed at creating dialogue among religious communities in southern Maine.

The Binding of Isaac is one of the most emotionally heart-wrenching stories in both the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis 22) and the Qur’an (37:99-113). In this tale, Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, prepares to sacrifice his favorite son to show his devotion to God. The concerts present the story in music from many cultures.

“The concert has three aims,” says Artistic Director Emily Isaacson. First, it presents the primary texts from each of the religions—Genesis 22:1-24 from the Torah, the translation from the King James Bible, and its Koranic counterpart, Surah 37: 100-113, to show the shared heritage among these three faiths. Second, it explores composers across four centuries and several countries—Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674, Italian), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976, English), Aharon Harlap (b.1941, Israeli), Steve Reich (b. 1936, American), Howard Frazin (b. 1962, American)—who have engaged the text to center or deconstruct the essential aspects of the narrative. And third, it investigates how these composers use musical and extra-musical devices to build a dramatic or theological narrative.”

With music by Benjamin Britten, Giacomo Carissimi, and contemporary composers Aharon Harlap and Howard Frazin, the concert demonstrates how, throughout history, various artists, writers, and composers have chosen to interpret this story, not only from a religious perspective, but also as commentary on contemporary political and social issues. Three panelists—Rabbi Carolyn Braun, Muslim educator Reza Jalali, and Rev. Frank C. Strasburger—will offer interpretations of the story and engage in a Q&A after each performance.

The Oratorio Chorale will be joined by acclaimed soloists Malinda Haslett, Lucas Coura, Josh Collier, and Keith Phares, with accompaniment by pianist Christopher Staknys and cellist Ben Noyes.

The series is made possible with support from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council; concert sponsor: Brann & Isaacson.

Events preceding the concerts include a multimedia lecture, “The Art of Sacrifice,” by Emily Isaacson (Tues. April 23, 6:00 p.m., Jewish Community Alliance, Portland), and musical selections by the Chorale at the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance and film screening (Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m., also at the JCA). Both pre-concert events are open to the public free of charge.

May
4
Sat
2019
What Binds Us Together: The Binding of Isaac Story in Music @ Unitarian Universalist Church
May 4 @ 2:00 pm

The Voice of Isaac
Keith Phares, baritone
Oratorio Chorale
Emily Isaacson, artistic director
Christopher Staknys, piano


“What Binds Us Together” is a series of events comprising a multimedia lecture, Holocaust Remembrance Day community observance, film screening, and concerts. The series of interfaith, multimedia experiences is aimed at creating dialogue among religious communities in southern Maine.

The Binding of Isaac is one of the most emotionally heart-wrenching stories in both the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis 22) and the Qur’an (37:99-113). In this tale, Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, prepares to sacrifice his favorite son to show his devotion to God. The concerts present the story in music from many cultures.

“The concert has three aims,” says Artistic Director Emily Isaacson. First, it presents the primary texts from each of the religions—Genesis 22:1-24 from the Torah, the translation from the King James Bible, and its Koranic counterpart, Surah 37: 100-113, to show the shared heritage among these three faiths. Second, it explores composers across four centuries and several countries—Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674, Italian), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976, English), Aharon Harlap (b.1941, Israeli), Steve Reich (b. 1936, American), Howard Frazin (b. 1962, American)—who have engaged the text to center or deconstruct the essential aspects of the narrative. And third, it investigates how these composers use musical and extra-musical devices to build a dramatic or theological narrative.”

With music by Benjamin Britten, Giacomo Carissimi, and contemporary composers Aharon Harlap and Howard Frazin, the concert demonstrates how, throughout history, various artists, writers, and composers have chosen to interpret this story, not only from a religious perspective, but also as commentary on contemporary political and social issues. Three panelists—Rabbi Carolyn Braun, Muslim educator Reza Jalali, and Rev. Frank C. Strasburger—will offer interpretations of the story and engage in a Q&A after each performance.

The Oratorio Chorale will be joined by acclaimed soloists Malinda Haslett, Lucas Coura, Josh Collier, and Keith Phares, with accompaniment by pianist Christopher Staknys and cellist Ben Noyes.

The series is made possible with support from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council; concert sponsor: Brann & Isaacson.

Events preceding the concerts include a multimedia lecture, “The Art of Sacrifice,” by Emily Isaacson (Tues. April 23, 6:00 p.m., Jewish Community Alliance, Portland), and musical selections by the Chorale at the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance and film screening (Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m., also at the JCA). Both pre-concert events are open to the public free of charge.

What Binds Us Together: The Binding of Isaac Story in Music @ Unitarian Universalist Church
May 4 @ 5:00 pm

The Voice of Isaac
Keith Phares, baritone
Oratorio Chorale
Emily Isaacson, artistic director
Christopher Staknys, piano


“What Binds Us Together” is a series of events comprising a multimedia lecture, Holocaust Remembrance Day community observance, film screening, and concerts. The series of interfaith, multimedia experiences is aimed at creating dialogue among religious communities in southern Maine.

The Binding of Isaac is one of the most emotionally heart-wrenching stories in both the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis 22) and the Qur’an (37:99-113). In this tale, Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, prepares to sacrifice his favorite son to show his devotion to God. The concerts present the story in music from many cultures.

“The concert has three aims,” says Artistic Director Emily Isaacson. First, it presents the primary texts from each of the religions—Genesis 22:1-24 from the Torah, the translation from the King James Bible, and its Koranic counterpart, Surah 37: 100-113, to show the shared heritage among these three faiths. Second, it explores composers across four centuries and several countries—Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674, Italian), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976, English), Aharon Harlap (b.1941, Israeli), Steve Reich (b. 1936, American), Howard Frazin (b. 1962, American)—who have engaged the text to center or deconstruct the essential aspects of the narrative. And third, it investigates how these composers use musical and extra-musical devices to build a dramatic or theological narrative.”

With music by Benjamin Britten, Giacomo Carissimi, and contemporary composers Aharon Harlap and Howard Frazin, the concert demonstrates how, throughout history, various artists, writers, and composers have chosen to interpret this story, not only from a religious perspective, but also as commentary on contemporary political and social issues. Three panelists—Rabbi Carolyn Braun, Muslim educator Reza Jalali, and Rev. Frank C. Strasburger—will offer interpretations of the story and engage in a Q&A after each performance.

The Oratorio Chorale will be joined by acclaimed soloists Malinda Haslett, Lucas Coura, Josh Collier, and Keith Phares, with accompaniment by pianist Christopher Staknys and cellist Ben Noyes.

The series is made possible with support from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council; concert sponsor: Brann & Isaacson.

Events preceding the concerts include a multimedia lecture, “The Art of Sacrifice,” by Emily Isaacson (Tues. April 23, 6:00 p.m., Jewish Community Alliance, Portland), and musical selections by the Chorale at the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance and film screening (Wed., May 1, 6:00 p.m., also at the JCA). Both pre-concert events are open to the public free of charge.

May
5
Sun
2019
Lavazza Chamber Ensemble @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Lavazza Chamber Ensemble
Paula Oakes, violin
Kristina Nilsson, violin
Frances Pfeiffer-Rios, viola
Jan Pfeiffer-Rios, cello
Aug
15
Thu
2019
Letting Go @ The Poetry Foundation
Aug 15 all-day

Letting Go: Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano
Keith Phares, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

Time: TBA