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Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30 PM

Ward Hall

Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Victoria Bond, Franz Liszt, and Orthodox Chant.

A recital by pianist and chanter Paul Barnes

Inspired by the untimely passing of many of his closest friends, pianist and chanter Dr. Paul Barnes explores the profound musical treatment of love and death in the music of Philip Glass, Victoria Bond, Franz Liszt, and Orthodox chant. Glass wrote his 1992 opera Orphée after the death of his wife from cancer. The opera explores the timeless themes of sacrificial love and death. Likewise, Franz Liszt’s monumental Ballade No.2 has multiple interpretations including the Orpheus legend. Juxtaposed between Barnes’ own transcriptions of Glass’s Orphée and the Liszt will be selected Greek Orthodox chant poignantly exploring these same themes of sacrificial love, a journey to the underworld, and ultimate resurrection. Also on the program is Victoria Bond’s new work for piano Simeron Kremate (Today is Suspended) based on the Greek Orthodox crucifixion hymn sung by Barnes during the recital.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 615.966.5929.