The intimate environment of this salon concert, featuring mezzo-soprano Chelsea Duval-Major, soprano Meagan Johnson, and pianist Tyler Secor, will allow patrons to experience the highest-quality music up close.
Until the mid-19th century, music was more likely to be heard in homes rather than in large concert halls. The intimate environment of the salon concert (salon being French for “room”) allowed patrons to experience the highest-quality music up close, and in many ways offered women the opportunity to shine in artistic and leadership roles that were off-limits to them in the wider world. The first ‘divas’ of western classical music would have sung in salon concerts, especially as young artists, and would have heard the music of rising composers and performers – such as Robert Schumann, whose Frauenliebe und Leben (“A Woman’s Life and Love”) will be performed by emerging artist Chelsea Duval-Major, mezzo-soprano. The salon was also a place of experimentation and philosophical debate, so we pair Schumann’s rather stereotypical portrayal of a woman’s life-journey with So Free Am I, a 21st century work by composer Ben Moore, featuring texts written by women spanning 1400 years, which describe their lives, their liberty or lack thereof, their yearnings, and their strength. IWC Artistic Director Meagan Johnson, soprano, will perform these songs, accompanied by IWC’s Assistant Director and Accompanist, Tyler Secor, who will also give a solo performance of some of Johannes Brahms’ stunning Intermezzos, which likely would have been heard in the salons of the 19th century. Also listen for a beloved operatic duet performed by all three talented musicians!
$40 until April 5, 2020 at Noon