"Song to the Moon”
Moon, high and deep in the sky Your light sees far, You travel around the wide world, and see into people's homes. Moon, stand still a while and tell me where is my dear. Tell him, silvery moon, that I am embracing him. For at least momentarily let him recall of dreaming of me. Illuminate him far away, and tell him, tell him who is waiting for him! If his human soul is, in fact, dreaming of me, may the memory awaken him! Moonlight, don't disappear! 🌙 (English translation from Czech) Today’s MELOPHILIA MOMENT features the beautiful aria “Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém / Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s ninth opera Rusalka. Dvořák composed the opera between April and November of 1900, and on March 31, 1901, Rusalka premiered Rusalka in Prague. It was so successful in that theaters in other nations began to take notice. Within ten years after its Czech premiere, Rusalka premiered throughout the world and is beloved season after season. There are songs that we are meant to “fit” with. Songs that click into our souls like a missing puzzle piece. This is one of those clicks for me. I first performed the aria in concert with Vancouver Symphony the Summer of 2008, while I was pregnant with my daughter. In preparation for the concert, I was coached by a dear friend originally from the Czech Republic, Eva Lund - and Eva’s deep appreciation for the opera and the language spilled over. I treasured every session with Eva, and truly feel in love with the Czech language. I perform the aria any chance I get. In 2016, I was beyond humbled to perform it in Chicago at a Masterclass with that one and only @reneeflemingmusic, and then to dig even deeper into Czech language and culture this past summer singing in Prague.
"I Want Magic!"
Oh, hey... it's Thursday! Ready for another MELOPHILIA MOMENT?! Today, I'm joined by Christine Eggert @christine.n.eggert as we wax poetic about a piece that is at the center of our exciting new concert collaboration: an exploration of the "Moments of Becoming" in the life of women, as told through song. (Stay tuned for more updates about the project!) We're chatting about "I Want Magic!" from André Previn's opera A Streetcar Named Desire... one of the most recent iterations of the classic Tennessee Williams play.
Melophilia // Origin. melo- + -philia / n. An obsessive love of music. 🎶 Todays marks the launch of MELOPHILIA MOMENTS - a weekly video series highlighting pieces that performers most love to offer to audiences and why. I'm diving into not only the pieces I enjoy most, but also those of beloved musician friends who draw from a wealth of performance experiences. We'll be chatting about why these songs are our favorites to perform, as well as why they resonate with audiences and how they came to be - historically and personally. As my friends and family can attest to, I'm a NUT for a good backstory. I loooooove all the details. I'm especially fond of learning how things came to be... but I'm also keenly fascinated with what evolves from all the details and history. I've spent most of my life obsessed with music, either studying it, performing it, dancing to it, rocking my babies to sleep with it, getting energized by it, appreciating it, crying to it, laughing to it, directing it, loving it... you name it. Music plays an integral part in my life and in ALL of our lives. Thus Melophilia Moments was born! And now I can be even more obsessive... in public, with other obsessives! That's a win, eh?! TUNE IN every Thursday for a new Melophilia Moment video! ... And the next time you hear one of our featured works in concert, in a show, or on a stage, we hope it sparks a bit of melophilia in you, too!
Katie Harman sings Puccini and Hoiby with Eugene Symphony
Lyric Soprano Katie Harman joins Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale onstage with Eugene Symphony in celebration of their 2016-2017 Season, singing "O mio babbino caro" by Puccini and a special orchestral arrangement of "The Serpent" by Lee Hoiby.