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Antonín Dvořák’s Moravian Duets In Duet with a Fairytale Story by Odds BodkinLyrics from anonymous Czech folk songs
Sarah Shafer, soprano; Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo; Jonathan Ware, piano; & Odds Bodkin, narrator; with Brett Ashley Robinson as Danika
A Bach's Lunch Concert -- Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 12:00 Noon
CLICK HERE FOR YOUTUBE LINK; this film will be available through Sunday, June 13, 2021.
Using composer Antonín Dvořák’s sublime Moravian duets as inspiration, the inimitable New Hampshire storyteller Odds Bodkin collaborated with Concord Community Music School faculty member Jazimina MacNeil to craft an original fairytale, Danika the Rose, which is woven throughout the musical performance of Dvořák’s duets. An unshakable kinship with the natural world, a courageous heroine, and love triumphant unite in a melding of story and song for our tumultuous time. This recording of the first-of-its-kind performance was made on May 23 at the American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall, and is being shared with Concord Community Music School courtesy of the artists and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society created a beautiful illustrated program to accompany the livestream, with lyric translations by Jazimina MacNeil; click here to download (PDF).
Please note that this concert replaces the originally scheduled “Sweet Lovers Love the Spring” with Jazimina MacNeil and Kathryn Southworth.
Thank you for considering a donation in honor of the Music School’s commitment to supporting its faculty and its tradition of free concerts, open to all. The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund.
In the true spirit of the pun, eat your Bach’s (box) lunch at noon or later while you enjoy Danica the Rose!
About the Artist
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo soprano, received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Hailed as “brilliant” by the Berliner Morgenpost and “clearly a singer to watch” by The New York Times, Jazimina is a creative catalyst rooted in the beautiful Monadnock region. Recent projects include Geliebte Freunde, an interweaving of Brahms’ and Clara Schumann’s songs and letters, Danika the Rose, a bespoke fairytale written in collaboration with Odds Bodkin which melds storytelling with Dvorak’s tender Moravian Duets, and Love Like Water, an orchestral fable recounting the romance between a common cuckoo named Canorus and a plastic shopping bag named Polyethylene. Jazimina is endlessly grateful to have landed in such a fertile artistic ecosystem, and is honored to collaborate frequently with her dear friends at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Around Hear, Ashuelot Concerts, the Caroga Arts Collective, Electric Earth Concerts, and Music on Norway Pond. Jazimina's enthusiastic, joyful teaching style is influenced by her study of the Alexander Technique and yoga, with a focus on freeing the body and breath to free the voice. She is endlessly thrilled by the process of discovery, and no matter what kind of day her students are having, she wants them to leave their lesson feeling lighter, more energized, and inspired by their own capabilities.
The other artists’ bios appear in the presentation program, which may be downloaded here.
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