Laura Thoreson, mezzo-soprano
William White, conductor
Lili Boulanger – Psaume CXXIX
Lili Boulanger – Du fond de l’abîme
César Franck – Symphony in D minor
From tragedy to triumph, this concert explores the extremes of human feeling as expressed by Lili Boulanger and César Franck. The centerpiece of the program is the apex of Boulanger’s achievement as a composer, Du fond de l’abîme (“Out of the depths”), written in 1917, only a year before her tragic death at the age of 24. In this astonishing work, she interweaves voices and instruments into a free-flowing mélange of styles and textures, incorporating all the major strains of musical thought that were present during the early years of the 20th century. We conclude with the paramount achievement of French Romanticism, Franck’s Symphony in D minor, a work that encapsulates infinite shadings of darkness and light in its three movements.
Tickets: $25 ($20 seniors / $10 students / youth free)