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Ian Bostridge, Tenor and Brad Mehldau, Piano


Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT


Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall


$45-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Event

Talk about a real-life fairytale: they met at a German castle, fell in (musical) love, and made music together happily ever after. The collaboration between tenor Ian Bostridge and jazz legend Brad Mehldau is a groundbreaking moment in music history—both artists are unmatched in the musical spheres they inhabit. Bostridge’s many recordings have garnered all the major international record prizes, including 15 GRAMMY nominations; his artistry has been honored by a CBE from Queen Elizabeth. Mehldau’s genius has been compared to that of J.S. Bach—considered to be the most influential jazz pianist of our time, and he is revered for his jaw-dropping skill as an improviser and composer. With a trans-genre style, Mehldau is no stranger to collaborating with classical song icons, having been commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write song cycles for sopranos Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter. His newest song cycle is a meditation on desire, with lyrics from the poetry of Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Brecht, Yeats, Goethe, Blake, and others—a most fitting counterpart to Schumann’s yearning Dichterliebe (“A Poet’s Love”) and to a program in which two of music’s greatest stars come to us as poets of love.

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MEHLDAU The Folly of Desire, inspired by Dichterliebe with texts by Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Brecht, Yeats, Goethe, Blake, and others
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the texts in The Folly of Desire contain strong, adult language.

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