21c LIEDERABEND OP. WORLD WIDE (digital)
“…a succinct definition of just what song is: a personal utterance with global reach and universal impact. “ - The New York Times
Sit back, look, and listen…. Continuing an initiative begun in 2009, BMP will launch in September 2020, a fifth opus of songs from living composers paired with designers and visual artists - 21c Liederabend: op. World Wide (digital) – now conceived for a digital medium to be consumed in the confines of one’s home on a screen.
Beth Morrison, in partnership with composer Paola Prestini, curated four highly successful 21c Liederabends that were hosted at Galapagos Art Space (2009), The Kitchen (2011), Brooklyn Academy of Music (2013), and the LA Phil (2016), all produced by BMP and Prestini’s VisionIntoArt. The previous focus of the 21c Liederabend had been primarily on American composers. Op. World Wide (digital) will cast the net wide and showcase the works of composers writing from different countries on different continents around the world, creating songs in response to the pandemic, and pairing them with designers who will create unique visual worlds for each song.
The Liederabend tradition began in the 19th century, a new form of entertainment that also brought composers and poets together to share new sounds and ideas. From a time when domestic music-making was status symbol, to the present when our parlor pianos have been replaced by flat screen TVs, the tradition of the Liederabend survives today in most conservatories, allowing students of song to explore the repertoire of nineteenth century tunesmiths like Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. “I was interested in bringing the term and form Liederabend out of the insularity of the conservatory and into the public experience,” says Beth Morrison, “I wanted to update it to the twenty-first century by presenting music written by living composers and adding a visual component by pairing composers with designers, while still concentrating on music and words.” (OPERATURGY)
21c Liederabend will be presented online in Fall 2020. Check back here for more details.