Life's Work: Songs of American Composers, on love and life; April 22

Date: 

Apr 22 2019 - 7:30pm

Join us for a concert featuring the Cheah-Chan Duo (Phillip Cheah, Trudy Chan), Mezzo-Soprano Re'ut Ben Ze'ev, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, and Baritone José Pietri-Coimbre, as they bring to life rarely performed works by composers Vally Weigl, and Dorothy Rudd Moore, and favorites by H. Leslie Adams, Frank J. Oteri, Chet Biscardi, and others.  This is a free concert at National Opera Center 330 Seventh Ave. (28-29), in New York City, on Monday, April 22.

Mezzo-Soprano Re’ut Ben Ze’ev has been working to bring Vally Weigl’s music back to New York City.  Weigl was an important ACA member for decades, and her music is often performed in Europe. She was the wife of composer Karl Weigl, but an accomplished and gifted composer in her own right.  Working with Peggy Kampmeier, pianist with the New York Philharmonic, Re’ut will give premiere performances of some of Vally’s beautiful art songs and piano music from the 1970s.

The Cheah-Chan Duo, celebrating their 10th incredible year of collaboration, will perform several songs as part of “Life’s Work”, a musical meditation on the themes of love and life.

Two works by New York City composer Dorothy Rudd-Moore, "Weary Blues" and "Fourth of July Speech" from the opera Frederick Douglass will be performed by Baritone José Pietri-Coimbre, with pianist Richard Liebowitz and cellist Halie Morris.