Thursday, March 28 @ 7:30pm : Concert – Lauren Libaw, Daniel Schlosberg & Yaya Chang “Three Americans in Paris”
Soprano Lauren Libaw (FEU resident and Harriet Hale Woolley scholar 2009-2010), composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg and artist Yaya Chang celebrate 10 years in the City of Light with a special evening of art and song : “Three Americans in Paris”. The musical program will include the premiere of a newly commissioned song cycle by Daniel Schlosberg on poems by Lydia Davis, songs by Charles Ives, standards from the French cabaret tradition, and selections from the Great American Songbook, contemporary musical theater and American film by Herman, Sondheim, Tesori and Yeston. Artist Yaya Chang presents a vernissage of work inspired by the evening’s music to illuminate the evening.
About the artists
Soprano Lauren Libaw has been praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (New York Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker). She is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal College of Music, London. Lauren made her debut at the Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels as the Angel (Jephtha) and has since sung in venues including the Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, the National Gallery London, and Handel House. She has been presented in recital in Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Florence, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris.
Recent roles include Cendrillon (Cendrillon) for the Tel Aviv-Yafo Opera Festival, Nannetta (Falstaff) for the Fondation Royaumont, Norina (Don Pasquale) for the Rye Arts Festival, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Den Norske Opera, Queen of Sheba (Solomon) for the Crosseny Festival, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rosmene (Imeneo) and Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) at the Royal College of Music and Tirésias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Semele (Semele), Princèsse (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), and Isifile (Giasone) at Yale. Projects in contemporary music include Amy March (Little Women) at the Théâtre Lyrique de Bruges, Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge) at the Aspen Music Festival, Endymion (Ash’s Keepers of the Night) at the Alex Theater, Hermia (Lycke and Berv’s PUCK) at the Royal College of Music, the Sister (Schlosberg’s A Country Doctor) at Yale University, Mechem’s To An Absent Love at San Francisco’s Forest Hill Musical Days, and the London and New York premieres of Schlosberg’s Songs of Sorrow and Solitude, a cycle written especially for her. Lauren’s musical theater roles include Amalia (She Loves Me), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Julie (Carousel), Magnolia (Showboat), Maria (The Sound of Music), Maria (West Side Story), Sarah (Guys & Dolls), Cosette (Les Misérables) and Christine (Phantom of the Opera).
Raised in Pasadena, California, Lauren received her earliest training as a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, singing as a chorister with Los Angeles Opera and the LA Philharmonic. As a student at Yale University, she sang leading roles and won the concerto and recital competitions, three academic prizes and the Sudler Prize for the Arts. She received her Masters degree from the Royal College of Music, London, and was a member of the young artist programs of the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Fondation Royaumont and Opéra Fuoco. A dual citizen of Italy and the United States, Lauren makes her home in Paris. Follow Lauren on Facebook & Twitter !
The music of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg has been performed by the the Dover Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Lorelei Ensemble, Amphion Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Antico Moderno, at venues including Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, (le) poisson rouge, Royal Albert Hall, Detroit Institute of Arts, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Daniel received a 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. His music has been featured in The New York Times and on WNYC’s Soundcheck. Recent projects include a 30-minute work for the Albany Symphony’s Water Music NY project commemorating the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, a fantasy on the music of Twin Peaks for the Dover Quartet, an operatic-theatrical adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Once Five Years Pass for Williamstown Theatre Festival, and works for Chamber Music Northwest, BodyVox, the CULTIVATE program at the Aaron Copland House, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary. Daniel continues to perform around the world, appearing regularly with Chamber Music Northwest and NOVUS NY and collaborating with such luminaries as David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, Ani Kavafian, and the Imani Winds. He co-founded the composer-performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy, serves as co-Music-Director of Heartbeat Opera, and is a core member of the chamber ensemble Cantata Profana. He holds a BA from Yale College, MM, MMA, and DMA from the Yale School of Music. He enjoys baking cookies, and his work has been described as “richly detailed yet delicate” by The New York Times and “witty” and “ingenious” by The Wall Street Journal.
Yaya Chang is a French-American-Chinese artist, raised in New York and Hong Kong and based today in Paris (in Belleville). Her artwork draws inspiration from her multiple and at times conflicting cultures, homes, and personalities. Ariane, who goes by Yaya, works in pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor and ink. A recent focus has been routine: art, for her, is the spontaneous burst away from the daily grind of life. She is self-taught, firm in the conviction that you don’t need a degree to create art. Follow Yaya on Instagram !