Friday, June 30th, 7:30pm
$10 at the door
Tentative Program for the evening:
POETRY, MANTRAS AND MUSIC (original compositions by Sonny Saul)
SEVEN CLASSIC MANTRAS (music by Sonny Saul)
Luette Saul - soprano
Sonny Saul - piano
NEW COMPOSITIONS FOR PIANO AND VOICE by Sonny Saul (world premieres)
including a setting of Jorge Luis Borges' "ARS POETICA"
Luette Saul- soprano
Sonny Saul - piano
NORTH POMFRET PIANO SONATA (music composed in the early 1980's by Sonny Saul)
performed by Matthew Odell - piano
ELEGY FOR STANDING ROCK (Solo piano piece by Sonny Saul)
The son of a Russian, Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother, Sonny Saul was born in 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ocean, beach, boardwalk, playgrounds, and attending public schools in this diverse microcosm shaped his youth. College and early adult life in and around Philadelphia, including a great teacher, Dennis Sandole, contributed to a life long involvement with music, art, and scholarship. Now living in Woodstock, Vt where he runs the famous Pleasant Street Bookstore which he started thirty years ago, Sonny continues to teach, practice, play and compose.
Luette Saul, soprano, holds degrees in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern Maine. As a performer Luette is active as a recitalist and soloist, with recent appearances including, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Maine Music Society and Bates Chorale, a recently commissioned work by Tom Myron for soprano and string quartet with the Portland String Quartet, and a recital of Schubert's epic song-cycle, Winterreise. As a director she has put together numerous lieder ensemble and opera scenes concerts for performance throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She teaches voice at Bates College, and at her studio in Portland.
The New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew Odell has won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone. His performances have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Deeply committed to strengthening the ties between today’s composers and audiences, Mr. Odell frequently premieres works written for him and has worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge. Mr. Odell’s affinity for the music of Olivier Messiaen has been seen in a recital series of his complete solo piano music, a performance of Visions de l’Amen with pianist Peter Hill, and an upcoming recording project on Albany Records of the music of Messiaen his students.
Mr. Odell is a founding member of the Hampton Trio, a group which presented outstanding pieces from the established repertoire alongside newly-commissioned works. His special love of the art song repertoire has resulted in many recitals with singers from around the world, including British bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. He served for 5 years on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été de Nice in France. Mr. Odell received his doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, and in addition to teaching at Juilliard, he frequently presents workshops, master classes, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the USA and Europe. For more information, please visit www.matthewodell.com
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