Nine Songs from Then til Now Songbook Collection for Voice and Piano

1996-2023 | texts by Roethke, Cummings, Smith, Beddoes, Williams, Blake, Hughes, and Yeats | 38 minutes

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Krista Rivers, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Krista River won a Grammy award for the role of Mrs. Fox on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recording of Tobias Picker Fantastic Mr. Fox. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society, the Florida Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. Krista won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and a Sullivan Foundation grant, and is featured on numerous recordings under Naxos, Dorian and Navona record labels. She is on the voice faculty at Brandeis University and Phillips Academy in Andover. Krista resides in Boston and is a regular soloist with Emmanuel Music’s Bach Cantata Series.

Linda Osborn, piano

Pianist Linda Osborn has performed extensively across the United States and in Europe as both a chamber musician and vocal accompanist. Her partnership has been recognized as “thoroughly satisfying, colorful and supportive” by the Los Angeles Times, with “an impressive ability to speak powerfully in both the softest and the loudest extremes of the piano’s dynamic spectrum” by the Washington Post. She has performed in many internationally-recognized venues including Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Salle Garnier in Monte Carlo, the American Repertory Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center and Trinity Wall Street. Linda has a long standing collaborative relationship with Howard Frazin, and her dedication to performing and recording his compositions is a testament to her belief in supporting living composers and their creative vision.


Score

Also transposed for high voice and piano

Past performances of individual songs from the Songbook Collection

Listening In: An Evening of Vocal Music by Howard Frazin

Harvard University
Dunster House Library
Cambridge, MA
April 28, 2019

Letting Go
Keith Phares, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Danse Russe
My Papa’s Waltz
Harlem
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Lois Shapiro, piano

WordSong 10th Anniversary Concert “Circus of Tygers”

First Church Boston
Boston, MA
April 26, 2019

The Tyger
Keith Phares, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

Grolier Poetry Bookshop’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

Club Oberon (American Repertory Theater)
Cambridge, MA
November 14, 2017

Letting Go (Premiere)
Keith Phares, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

in Just-
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Robert Schulz, marimba

WordSong Forum

Emmanuel College
Boston, MA
September 23, 2017

Harlem
David Kravitz, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

University of Portland

Buckner Center
Portland, OR
April 6, 2017

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Susan McDaniel, piano

Back Cove Festival

Portland Conservatory
Portland, ME
April 11, 2015

The Tyger
From Sonnet to Song
Adam Simon, baritone
Christopher Staknys, piano

Academy for Collaborative Performance WordSong Forum

Portland Conservatory
Portland, ME
August 12, 2014

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Alison d’Amato, piano

Source Song Festival WordSong Forum

Target Performance Hall at the Literary Loft
Minneapolis, MN
August, 2, 2014

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Alison d’Amato, piano

WordSong Grolier Poetry Bookshop Concert

E. E. Cummings House
Cambridge, MA
November 6, 2013

in Just-
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
Brandon Ilaw, marimba

WordSong Retrospective Concert

St. Paul’s Church
Brookline, MA
January 11, 2013

The Tyger
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

My Papa’s Waltz
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Shiela Kibbe, piano

Laughing Together
Kendra Colton, soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

Song
Ilana Davidson, soprano
Donald St. Pierre, piano

WordSong Forum

Club Oberon
Cambridge, MA
November 13, 2012

I Like to Play with Him
Kristen Watson, soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

WordSong Forum

Lyceum
Alexandria, VA
January 29, 2012

Harlem
Words & Music Ensemble

Florestan Recital Project WordSong Forum

Eastman School of Music
Hatch Recital Hall
Rochester, NY
November 9, 2011

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Alison d’Amato, piano

WordSong Forum

New England Conservatory
Pierce Hall, Boston, MA
October 26, 2011

I Like to Play with Him
Kristen Watson, soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

Florestan Recital Project WordSong Forum

American Univerity in Bulgaria
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
October 10, 2011

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Alison d’Amato, piano

WordSong Forum

Arts on the Edge
Wolfeboro Festival
Wolfeboro, NH
August 9, 2011

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Alison d’Amato, piano

WordSong Forum

St. Botolph Club
Boston, MA
May 24, 2011

I Like to Play with Him (Premiere)
Kristen Watson, soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

WGBH Classical Festival WordSong Forum

WGBH’s Brighton Studios
Boston, MA
June 19, 2010

in Just-
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
Robert Schulz, marimba

WordSong Forum

Boston Prep Charter School
Boston, MA
June 7, 2010

Harlem
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

WordSong Forum

Harvard Musical Association, Boston, MA
April 21, 2010

My Papa’s Waltz
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
John McDonald, piano

Rivers School Conservatory 32nd Seminar on Contemporary Music

Bradley Hall
Weston, MA
April 10, 2010

In the Forests of the Night
Rivers School Conservatory Upper School Orchestra
Dan Shaud, conductor

My Papa’s Waltz (Premiere)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
John McDonald, piano

WordSong Forum

Private Residence
Rockport, MA
February 21, 2010

in Just-
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
Robert Schulz, marimba

WordSong Forum

Burns & Levinson LLP
Boston, MA
February 11, 2010

in Just-
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
Robert Schulz, marimba

WordSong Forum

Private Residence
Boston, MA
January 10, 2010

in Just- (Premiere)
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
Robert Schulz, marimba

WordSong Forum

Private Residence
Portland, ME
November 28, 2009

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

Rockport Music Lecture Series WordSong Forum

Unitarian Universalist Society
Rockport, MA
May 17, 2009

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

WordSong Forum

Monadnock Music Festival
Hancock, NH
May 2, 2009

Harlem
Aaron Engebreth, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

WordSong Forum

Private Residence
Boston, MA
April 19, 2009

Harlem
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Linda Osborn, piano

Longy Modern American Music Concert Series

Pickman Hall, Cambridge, MA
April 7, 2009

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
The Tyger
D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano
David Owens, piano

WordSong Forum

Emmanuel College
Boston, MA
November 10, 2008

The Tyger
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

Longy Modern American Music Concert Series

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
October 11, 2008

The Tyger
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Linda Osborn, piano

An Unexpected Encounter
Linda Osborn, piano

CSU Summer Arts Series

Fresno State University
Conley Hall
Fresno, CA
July 20, 2008

The Tyger
Ann Moss, soprano
Joungmin Sur, piano

A Wren
Lullaby
Ann Moss, soprano
Kurt Rohde, viola

When You Are Old
Ann Moss, soprano

WordSong Forum

Private Residence
Boston, MA
June 1, 2008

An Unexpected Encounter (Premiere)
Robert Merfeld, piano

The Tyger
Krista River, mezzo-soprano
Robert Merfeld, piano

Composers in Red Sneakers

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
November 6, 2005

Not Waving but Drowning
Danse Russe
Michelle Trainor, soprano
Victoria Mazin, piano

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts
New Smyrna Beach, FL
September 24, 2005

A Wren
Danse Russe
Stephen Ng, tenor
Yehudi Wyner, piano

Composers in Red Sneakers Concert

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
October 31, 2001

Not Waving but Drowning (Premiere)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Michelle Alexander, piano

Longy Faculty Artist Series

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
December 6, 2000

A Forgotten Place
Rohan Gregory, violin
Laura Kennedy, piano

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Robert Merfeld, piano

Three Songs About Love
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Rohan Gregory and Mirabai Weismehl, violins
Scott Woolweaver, viola
Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Laura Kennedy, piano

Danse Russe
Sarah Pelletier, soprano
Robert Merfeld, piano

Of Echoes and Dreams
Peggy Friedland, flute
Rohan Gregory, violin
Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Laura Kennedy, piano

The Janus Ensemble Summer Series

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
August 8, 2000

Three Songs About Love
Michael Calmes, tenor
Janus Ensemble

Composers in Red Sneakers

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
December 11, 1999

Family – Rated R (Premiere)
Arden String Quartet
Laura Kennedy, piano

Goodnight Moon (Premiere)
Maria Tegzes, soprano
Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Danse Russe
Maria Tegzes, soprano
Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Longy SeptemberFest

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
September 6, 1997

Three Songs About Love (Premiere)
Kendra Colton, soprano
Arden String Quartet
Frank Corliss, piano

Longy Faculty Artist Series

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
June 12, 1997

Three Songs About Love
Kendra Colton, soprano
Judith Gordon, piano

Danse Russe(Premiere)
Kendra Colton, soprano
Judith Gordon, piano

Sonata for Solo Flute
Geoffrey Kidde, flute

American Composers Forum

Ellison Center for the Arts
Duxbury, MA
April 13, 1997

Three Songs About Love
Pamela Murray, soprano
Eric Sawyer, piano

Composers in Red Sneakers

Pickman Hall
Cambridge, MA
November 3, 1996

Three Songs About Love (Premiere)
Kendra Colton, soprano
Frank Corliss, piano