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attended Apr 23 2009

We'd love to give 5 stars. Wonderful musicians, a carefully chosen program, and one of the best opera singers of our time, in a fairly intimate space. In addition, Ms. Blythe and Mr. Smith talked about the premiered work before the concert began.

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Website

http://performances.org/performances/0809/Blythe.html

Quotes & Highlights

“Right now, Blythe may be the finest singer in the world.” —_Newsday _

Description

Alan Smith: Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman (Bay Area Premiere)

John Antes: Trio in D minor for Strings, Op. 3, No. 2

George Gershwin: Lullaby for String Quartet

Amy Beach: Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67

Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano

Warren Jones, piano

Ani Kavafian, violin

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Fred Sherry, cello

and others to be announced

Vibrant and versatile mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe joins some of the nation’s best chamber musicians for an evening of American masterworks old and new. At the forefront will be the San Francisco Performances’ co-commissioned premiere of Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman, based on the journals of 19th century pioneer Margaret Frink. Blythe says, “Alan’s ability to marry the voice and the text is palpable, and I am thrilled to give people an opportunity to experience this work.”

Stephanie Blythe has enjoyed a career that embraces challenges and constantly invites the music world to re-evaluate her expansive artistry. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center embodies the quality and caliber of the art form in America, with performances, tours, recordings and the creation of bold, new music.

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Performances

Founded in 1979, San Francisco Performances is the Bay Area's leading independent presenter of chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, jazz and contemporary dance. Under the artistic direction of its founder, Ruth Felt, the organization presents internationally acclaimed and emerging performing artists, introduces innovative programs, and builds new and diversified audiences for the arts through education and outreach activities that also strengthen the local performing arts community.