“The Tell-Tale Heart”
Wednesday Society Salon
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:30PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

Composer-pianist Gregg Kallor turned Edgar Allen Poe’s confession of a murderous narrator into a gripping musical ghost story. This campfire tale fully immerses its listeners with hair-raising cello by the sensational Joshua Roman and riveting tonal descents into madness with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano. Experience the electrifying communicative power of chamber music from three rising stars in a program that flows seamlessly from beloved art songs to dynamic contemporary compositions.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALON
Gallery admission is included as part of a dazzling evening of entertainment on select Wednesdays. See the exhibition, hear a live performance, and enjoy a Prosecco reception before the concert and during intermission.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALONS ARE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY LINDA R. OLSSON, INC., REALTOR.

To be announced

Gregg Kallor is a composer and pianist whose music fuses the traditions he loves into a new, deeply personal language. Opera News calls Kallor “a rising star in the music world” with “a singular compositional voice.” The New York Timeswrites: “At home in both jazz and classical forms, [Kallor] writes music of unaffected emotional directness. Leavened with flashes of oddball humor, his works succeed in drawing in the listener – not as consumer or worshipful celebrant, but in a spirit of easygoing camaraderie.” In 2018, Kallor was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Composer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

In October, 2018, Kallor premiered his new suite of operatic sketches based on the monster’s harrowing tale from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, baritone Joshua Jeremiah, tenor Brian Cheney, and cellist Joshua Roman, directed by Sarah Meyers. The work focuses on the deep pathos of Victor Frankenstein’s creation and the heartbreaking struggles with morality and love among the novel’s characters. Opera News wrote: “Kallor achieved a perfect balance of text and music… a most interesting synthesis of elements of classical and jazz, galvanized into a singular compositional voice. There is plenty of heartfelt lyricism in his music, yet also enough complexity to keep it intriguing for those of us who seek more… a grand tour de force for both singer and ensemble.” The production was included as one of the Most Memorable Concerts of 2018 by WQXR and OperaWire.

Kallor’s recent album, The Tell-Tale Heart, features his acclaimed settings of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story and other English language poems, performed by the composer with soprano Melody Moore and cellist Joshua Roman. Opera Newswrites, “Kallor is a true craftsman of American art song… If The Tell-Tale Heart wasn’t proof enough, these songs show that he excels as a miniaturist, creating vivid worlds and characters in mere minutes.”

In October 2019, the highly-acclaimed Dover and Escher string quartets will premiere Kallor’s new work for string octet, commissioned by Tuesday Musical. For more information about compositions and performances, please visit www.GreggKallor.com.

Event Info

Composer-pianist Gregg Kallor turned Edgar Allen Poe’s confession of a murderous narrator into a gripping musical ghost story. This campfire tale fully immerses its listeners with hair-raising cello by the sensational Joshua Roman and riveting tonal descents into madness with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano. Experience the electrifying communicative power of chamber music from three rising stars in a program that flows seamlessly from beloved art songs to dynamic contemporary compositions.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALON
Gallery admission is included as part of a dazzling evening of entertainment on select Wednesdays. See the exhibition, hear a live performance, and enjoy a Prosecco reception before the concert and during intermission.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALONS ARE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY LINDA R. OLSSON, INC., REALTOR.

Program Notes

To be announced

More About The Artist

Gregg Kallor is a composer and pianist whose music fuses the traditions he loves into a new, deeply personal language. Opera News calls Kallor “a rising star in the music world” with “a singular compositional voice.” The New York Timeswrites: “At home in both jazz and classical forms, [Kallor] writes music of unaffected emotional directness. Leavened with flashes of oddball humor, his works succeed in drawing in the listener – not as consumer or worshipful celebrant, but in a spirit of easygoing camaraderie.” In 2018, Kallor was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Composer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

In October, 2018, Kallor premiered his new suite of operatic sketches based on the monster’s harrowing tale from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, baritone Joshua Jeremiah, tenor Brian Cheney, and cellist Joshua Roman, directed by Sarah Meyers. The work focuses on the deep pathos of Victor Frankenstein’s creation and the heartbreaking struggles with morality and love among the novel’s characters. Opera News wrote: “Kallor achieved a perfect balance of text and music… a most interesting synthesis of elements of classical and jazz, galvanized into a singular compositional voice. There is plenty of heartfelt lyricism in his music, yet also enough complexity to keep it intriguing for those of us who seek more… a grand tour de force for both singer and ensemble.” The production was included as one of the Most Memorable Concerts of 2018 by WQXR and OperaWire.

Kallor’s recent album, The Tell-Tale Heart, features his acclaimed settings of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story and other English language poems, performed by the composer with soprano Melody Moore and cellist Joshua Roman. Opera Newswrites, “Kallor is a true craftsman of American art song… If The Tell-Tale Heart wasn’t proof enough, these songs show that he excels as a miniaturist, creating vivid worlds and characters in mere minutes.”

In October 2019, the highly-acclaimed Dover and Escher string quartets will premiere Kallor’s new work for string octet, commissioned by Tuesday Musical. For more information about compositions and performances, please visit www.GreggKallor.com.

TICKETS

Reserved Tickets:  $40
No charge to Four Arts Members

Tickets available:
December 4, 2019:
Chairman’s Forum and Benefactors Council members

December 18, 2019:
All Four Arts members

January 2, 2020:
Public

All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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