The World Erupts and Music Reacts 1911 – 1920
November 2, 2015
Join Hal France and his very special guest Soprano, Karina Brazas on Monday evening, November 2 at 6:30 pm as they preview their upcoming Vesper Concerts performance on As Their Shadows Passed: Music From the Time of WW1/ November 8/ 3:00 pm. The two hour program explores an explosive decade in musical history, 1911 – 1920.
During the first hour of the evening we will examine the links between the seismic shifts in world order that exploded in World War One and extraordinary developments in music. We will listen to musical examples of the modern including Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Bartok and the romantic with Mahler, Rachmaninoff and more as they meet.
Karina and Hal will delve into songs that connect to the experiences of war, hope and change by an international group of composers and poets. As the reality of war effected so many, the art of song offered a unique glimpse into human life struggling to regain equilibrium, balance and sanity.
Ms. Brazas recital will bring together a wide range of styles from art songs like In Flanders Fields by American Arthur Foote and Soupir by Frenchmen Maurice Ravel to music hall favorites like If I Were The Only Girl In The World and Over There. Songs by the Austrian Josef Marx, Englishmen Ivor Gurney, Frenchman Claude Debussy, Russian Sergei Rachmaninoff touch the heart strings and give a sense of a changing and unstable world.
The World Erupts and Music Reacts 1911 – 1920 is the first program of a series of four offered by Hal France and Friends in partnership with the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Admission for the single program is $35.
The Series 4 the Love of Music is $120.
When: November 2, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, 3205 S. 108th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.