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Concert

Date:

Sun, October 09, 2022 thru Tue, October 11, 2022

Time:

10/9 4PM, 10/11 7:30 PM

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$40 for Single Tickets, $100 for subscription

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Chamber Music Cincinnati: METROPOLITAN OPERA SOPRANO KAREN SLACK AND 2021 GRAMMY-WINNING PACIFICA QUARTET

Sunday October 9, 2022, New Jerusalem Baptist Church
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Memorial Hall

A Double Standard (2022), James Lee III (b. 1975)

  • Commissioned for the artists by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Chamber Music Detroit, and Shriver Hall Concerts (Baltimore)

Songs from Champion and Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Terence Blanchard (b. 1962)

Songs, Florence Price (1887-1953) and Margaret Bonds (1930-1957)

String Quartet #14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105 (1895), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

 

About Karen Slack

Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera where she made her debut in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. She has performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and San Francisco Opera, among many, many others.

Ms. Slack has played the Opera Diva in Tyler Perry’s movie and soundtrack For Colored Girls, returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Serena in Porgy and Bess, and given recitals throughout the US. This season sees digital performances with Opera Philadelphia, Houston Grand Opera, and Minnesota Opera.

Ms. Slack created the role of Billie in the world premiere of six time Grammy Winning composer Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. In 2021, it became the first opera by a Black composer presented at the Metropolitan Opera in its entire 138 years. In 2016, Ms. Slack sang Emelda Griffith, mother of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, in the West Coast premiere of Blanchard’s Champion, workshopped in the Cincinnati Opera/CCM Opera Fusion program. In April 2023, Champion, too, will be presented by the Met.

This summer, Ms. Slack starred in Driving While Black with UrbanArias, now streaming online through October 31 at https://www.urbanarias.org/driving-while-black/. She performed with the Catalyst Quartet, and appeared with Mr. Blanchard at SF Jazz. In response to COVID19 cancellations, Ms. Slack launched a digital talk show, #KikiKonversations, which has garnered critical acclaim and many thousands of views.

About the Pacifica Quartet

“…enormous intensity – and some fabulous viola-playing from Masumi Per Rostad.” – Gramophone

Multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet has achieved international renown for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory. Named faculty quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2012, the Quartet received its second Best Chamber Music Performance Grammy Award in 2021 for Contemporary Voices, featuring works of three Pulitzer Prize-winning women.

Formed in 1994, the Quartet released its Grammy Award-winning recording of Carter’s quartets Nos. 1 and 5 in 2008. Its 2009 album of his quartets Nos. 2, 3, and 4 completed the two-CD set. London’s Daily Telegraph called the Pacifica’s four-CD recording of the Shostakovich cycle, “…nothing short of phenomenal.” Recent recordings include Leo Ornstein’s rarely-heard piano quintet with Marc-André Hamelin, the Brahms piano quintet with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, and the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets with the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill.

The Pacifica last appeared on our series in March 2021 for their first post-Covid live concert, co-presented with the Ensemble Music Society (Indianapolis) and Chamber Music Detroit and streamed live to CMC audiences.

About the Program

The is one of the most important programs ever presented by Chamber Music Cincinnati. Its centerpiece is a the Midwest premiere of a new work by composer James Lee III―A Double Standard for string quartet and soprano―commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Chamber Music Detroit, and Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concerts and written for Ms. Slack and the Pacifica Quartet.

In addition, Ms. Slack will perform works from both of Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed operas, Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Champion, described above. Champion was workshopped during development in the Cincinnati Opera/CCM Opera Fusion program.

Ms. Slack will also perform vocal works by the extraordinary composer Florence Price and her student, colleague, and friend, Margaret Bonds. Ms. Price is today best known as the first Black woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. She wrote more than 300 pieces, including that art songs to be sung here. Ms. Bonds studied with Ms. Price in high school, later becoming the first Black woman to be a soloist with the Chicago Symphony. Dry Bones and You Can Tell the World are drawn from her arrangements of spirituals in Five Creek-Freedmen.

The program closes with the Pacifica Quartet and the great Dvorak String Quartet Op. 105, the last chamber work he completed and the first in a season-long CMC celebration of both the composer’s chamber music and his appreciation of, inspiration by, and advocacy for music based on spirituals.

Chamber Music Cincinnati: METROPOLITAN OPERA SOPRANO KAREN SLACK AND 2021 GRAMMY-WINNING PACIFICA QUARTET

Sunday October 9, 2022, New Jerusalem Baptist Church
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Memorial Hall

A Double Standard (2022), James Lee III (b. 1975)

  • Commissioned for the artists by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Chamber Music Detroit, and Shriver Hall Concerts (Baltimore)

Songs from Champion and Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Terence Blanchard (b. 1962)

Songs, Florence Price (1887-1953) and Margaret Bonds (1930-1957)

String Quartet #14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105 (1895), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

 

About Karen Slack

Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera where she made her debut in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. She has performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and San Francisco Opera, among many, many others.

Ms. Slack has played the Opera Diva in Tyler Perry’s movie and soundtrack For Colored Girls, returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Serena in Porgy and Bess, and given recitals throughout the US. This season sees digital performances with Opera Philadelphia, Houston Grand Opera, and Minnesota Opera.

Ms. Slack created the role of Billie in the world premiere of six time Grammy Winning composer Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. In 2021, it became the first opera by a Black composer presented at the Metropolitan Opera in its entire 138 years. In 2016, Ms. Slack sang Emelda Griffith, mother of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, in the West Coast premiere of Blanchard’s Champion, workshopped in the Cincinnati Opera/CCM Opera Fusion program. In April 2023, Champion, too, will be presented by the Met.

This summer, Ms. Slack starred in Driving While Black with UrbanArias, now streaming online through October 31 at https://www.urbanarias.org/driving-while-black/. She performed with the Catalyst Quartet, and appeared with Mr. Blanchard at SF Jazz. In response to COVID19 cancellations, Ms. Slack launched a digital talk show, #KikiKonversations, which has garnered critical acclaim and many thousands of views.

About the Pacifica Quartet

“…enormous intensity – and some fabulous viola-playing from Masumi Per Rostad.” – Gramophone

Multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet has achieved international renown for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory. Named faculty quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2012, the Quartet received its second Best Chamber Music Performance Grammy Award in 2021 for Contemporary Voices, featuring works of three Pulitzer Prize-winning women.

Formed in 1994, the Quartet released its Grammy Award-winning recording of Carter’s quartets Nos. 1 and 5 in 2008. Its 2009 album of his quartets Nos. 2, 3, and 4 completed the two-CD set. London’s Daily Telegraph called the Pacifica’s four-CD recording of the Shostakovich cycle, “…nothing short of phenomenal.” Recent recordings include Leo Ornstein’s rarely-heard piano quintet with Marc-André Hamelin, the Brahms piano quintet with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, and the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets with the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill.

The Pacifica last appeared on our series in March 2021 for their first post-Covid live concert, co-presented with the Ensemble Music Society (Indianapolis) and Chamber Music Detroit and streamed live to CMC audiences.

About the Program

The is one of the most important programs ever presented by Chamber Music Cincinnati. Its centerpiece is a the Midwest premiere of a new work by composer James Lee III―A Double Standard for string quartet and soprano―commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Chamber Music Detroit, and Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concerts and written for Ms. Slack and the Pacifica Quartet.

In addition, Ms. Slack will perform works from both of Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed operas, Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Champion, described above. Champion was workshopped during development in the Cincinnati Opera/CCM Opera Fusion program.

Ms. Slack will also perform vocal works by the extraordinary composer Florence Price and her student, colleague, and friend, Margaret Bonds. Ms. Price is today best known as the first Black woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. She wrote more than 300 pieces, including that art songs to be sung here. Ms. Bonds studied with Ms. Price in high school, later becoming the first Black woman to be a soloist with the Chicago Symphony. Dry Bones and You Can Tell the World are drawn from her arrangements of spirituals in Five Creek-Freedmen.

The program closes with the Pacifica Quartet and the great Dvorak String Quartet Op. 105, the last chamber work he completed and the first in a season-long CMC celebration of both the composer’s chamber music and his appreciation of, inspiration by, and advocacy for music based on spirituals.

Category:

Concert

Date:

Sun, October 09, 2022 thru Tue, October 11, 2022

Time:

10/9 4PM, 10/11 7:30 PM

Price:

$40 for Single Tickets, $100 for subscription

Buy Subscription Buy 10/9 Single Tix Buy 10/11 Single Tix Back to all shows