Susan Graham to Begin U.S. Recital Tour in January

Classic Arts News   Susan Graham to Begin U.S. Recital Tour in January
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will embark on an eight-city U.S. recital tour next month, with a program of songs by 19th- and 20th-century French composers.

Her three-week tour with pianist Malcolm Martineau kicks off on January 8 in Florida at Sarasota's Ringling Museum and concludes on January 29 at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The 23 composers represented on the program include Bizet, Franck, Chabrier, Debussy, Duparc, Ravel, Faur_ and Poulenc. Graham said, "It's a rich tapestry and it provides a delicious variety of romantic, saucy, lush, humorous and offbeat songs. I wasn't familiar with many of them before, including Faur_'s rarely heard Vocalise-Etude, but I have truly fallen in love with each one. Some are heartbreaking, some are dramatic — almost operatic — in scope, like Bachelet's Chre nuit. There are animal songs, nature songs, love songs, songs about love manqu_, and some subtle French humor thrown in for fun."

Graham frequently sings French song, opera and operetta, and recently finished a run of performances in Gluck's Iphig_nie en Tauride at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Between the Sarasota and New York City engagements, Graham will sing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Kansas City; Appleton, Wisconsin; Chicago; Boston; and Washington, DC. The full tour schedule is below.

Jan 8 - Sarasota, FL _ Ringling Museum
Jan10 - Chapel Hill, NC _ Memorial Hall, UNC
Jan 13 - Kansas City, MO _ Folly Theater at Jewell College
Jan 16 - Appleton, WI _ Lawrence University Memorial Chapel
Jan 19 - Chicago _ Mandel Hall, University of Chicago
Jan 21 - Boston - Jordan Hall (Celebrity Series)
Jan 26 - Washington, DC _ Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Jan 29 - New York City _ Carnegie Hall

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