Pictured: Katherine Pracht
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler has announced that ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES | THE BERNSTEIN SONGBOOK will continue Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s 17/18 Explorations Series. This second collaboration between New York Festival of Song and Lyric focuses on the musical output of the iconic Maestro Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the centennial of his birth.
ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES | THE BERNSTEIN SONGBOOK features Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Worth, baritone; Michael Barrett and Steven Blier, piano.
The program will include Bernstein’s final song cycle, Arias and Barcarolles, along with other Bernstein favorites. A’s and B’s, as it is known, has neither arias nor barcarolles. The title comes from a comment Dwight D. Eisenhower made after Lenny had conducted a concert: “You know, I liked that last piece you played. It’s got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.” Bernstein’s theme is the family, which he paints with his unique blend of humor and complexity.
The remainder of the program will feature other songs by Bernstein from his musical theater, opera, and concert works, featuring Lyric Opera Resident Artists Marlen Nahhas, Lauren Ange, Martin Luther Clark and Tim Murray joining Blier, Barrett, Pracht, and Worth.
“This programming diversity allows us to touch audiences in new and personal ways, while expanding the range of our offerings,” said General Director Deborah Sandler. “We believe the intimacy of our Explorations performances will create a new kind of experience for audiences. This series will also continue to showcase the extremely talented singers in our Resident Artist Program, along with other guest artists from around the world.”
ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES | THE BERNSTEIN SONGBOOK plays October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105. Tickets are $25. To purchase, visit kcopera.org.