Song Cycle Premiered by Brenda Rae at
(Sept. 17th, 2019) Lowell Liebermann’s latest composition Five Songs on Poems of Jean Starr Untermeyer Op.135 was enthusiastically received by both audience and critics at its September 15th Kennedy Center premiere with soprano Brenda Rae and pianist Jonathan Ware. Jeannette Mulherin from mdtheaterguide.com enthused “Liebermann’s songs are a masterful blend of music and poetry that by turns conjure ancient echoes of heartbreak, moments of sweet melancholy, and nature’s expansive, timeless beauty.” Charles T. Downey of Washington Classical Review wrote “The ultimate triumph came with the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s brilliant Five Songs on Poems of Jean Starr Untermeyer” and Grace Jean noted in the Washington Post that “The 20-minute work fit the duo like a glove.” The work was a co-commission between Vocal Arts DC and Wigmore Hall in London. It was written especially for the acclaimed soprano, who is the featured singer on the Albany CD of Liebermann’s songs entitled Little Heaven. The UK premiere will take place at Wigmore Hall in London on November 24th with Brenda Rae and pianist Malcom Martineau.
The cycle consists of five songs on poems selected by Brenda Rae from Untermeyer’s second collection of poetry, Dreams Out of Darkness, published in 1921.
New Cello Sonata for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
(Sept. 5th, 2019) The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the University of Nevada at Reno are co-commissioners of a new cello sonata (the composer’s fifth) which will receive its world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio on May 14. The concert which is part of CMS’s 50th Anniversary Season is entitled The Art of the Recital and features cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Hyeyeon Park. The same duo recorded Liebermann’s complete music for cello and piano, released on the Blue Griffin label. The concert will also include works by Bridge, Martinu, Debussy and Shostakovitch.
New Work for Yargo Trio
Liebermann is currently composing a new work for flute, alto sax and piano for the Yargo Trio, consisting of Angela Jones-Reus, flute; Connie Frigo, sax and Liza Stepanova, piano. The work has been commissioned especially for the trio by Louis K. and Susan Meisel. Plans for the premiere will be announced at a future date.