The first of my DMA recitals is just around the corner. I am so excited to share this program with everybody, for it is sure to be both moving and uplifting. In the program notes I wrote for the recital, I shared this quote by Francis Poulenc, one of the composers to be featured on the recital:
We [the French] realize that somberness and good humor are not mutually exclusive. Our composers, too, write profound music, but when they do, it is leavened with that lightness of spirit without which life would be unendurable.
Lightness. I’ve been thinking about light a lot as winter slowly releases its grip on us. I am craving sunshine, fewer clothes, lighter shoes, and good spirits. Thank goodness spring is almost here, and I don’t think I am alone in being grateful for that. Likewise, while a dark and poignant piece of music can be cathartic, a little joviality in art is necessary, too. This program on Monday aims to strike that balance that the French have found: a little moribundity, but with a wink and a nod.
And here is the good news! If you can’t make it to the recital on Monday, March 11th at 7:30pm EST, you can watch it as a live stream or as a video at a later date at the following web address: