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American Songbook

Tuesday 17th October 2017
7:30pm Department of Music
Music School, Palace Green, Durham

Lucy Goddard (mezzo-soprano)
Siwan Rhys (piano)

The programme will consist of a selection of 20th and 21st century songs.

Following Trump’s election, America’s global political and cultural influence is under intense appraisal. This collaboration between mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard, pianist Siwan Rhys and composers Laura Bowler and Christopher Mayo will survey American politics, society and culture from a British/Canadian perspective. Surrounding the new commissions by Bowler and Mayo will be little known gems from the American experimental tradition. Lucy and Siwan will perform works by Charles Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Milton Babbitt, George Crumb, and two unpublished works by Morton Feldman, never previously performed in the UK. Interwoven into this American songbook will be extracts from Michael Finnissy’s rarely performed song cycle ‘Whitman’.

Supported by the Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust and Snape Maltings.

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1

Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys

Supported by the Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, RVW Trust and Snape Maltings.