Mimi and pianist Charles Abramovic were delighted when the Haverford College series asked them to make a virtual recital on video rather than simply postpone their appearance due to Covid. Here is the unusual result, filmed mostly outdoors!
Join Mimi and Charlie for a Franco-American program with music by Debussy, Fauré, Dutilleux, Poulenc, Confrey, Wernick, Jacob, and Hoover, with a conversation about the pieces woven in.
Today’s episode featured celebrated composer Samuel Adler in conjunction with Dolce Suono Ensemble’s fall season of DSE Presents and “Fall for Chamber Music” online initiatives. I performed his Sonata for Solo Flute and gave the world premiere of Alone, Together: A Monologuefor Solo Flute, written for me. It also includes my interview with Adler, an excerpt from our work session on the music, and his introductions to the pieces.
To celebrate Claude Debussy’s birthday on August 22, my Dolce Suono Ensemble and I combined “Tea with Mimi” with our first ever online broadcast of an entire DSE concert. We hosted the virtual “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” with both concerts from our 2018 project and my introductions to each concert in “Tea with Mimi”. It was magnifique to revisit these exciting concerts!
In this episode, I perform solo flute works by Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas and American composer Adolphus Hailstork, who studied with Nadia Boulanger. I was honored to work with him on his piece Yuhwa, which I premiered on this Livestream.
Betsy Jolas, Episode #1 (1964)
Adolphus Hailstork, Yuhwa for solo flute (2019) [world premiere]
To see my video of this piece on YouTube, click here.
Samples from Olivier Messiaen, Le merle noir and Darius Milhaud, Sonatine
In this episode, I continued my opera theme from last week. It was so much fun, and opened up many wonderful program possibilities. It was nice to get great feedback on last week’s opera quiz. Very impressed with our participants!
Here are the pieces I performed, with start times in the video:
0:00 Gabriel Fauré, Après un rêve opening for composer’s birthday
3:32 Saverio Mercadante, Theme and Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
12:22 François Borne, Fantaisie Brilliante on Bizet’s Carmen
24:39 William Schuman, XXV Opera Snatches
32:48 Giacomo Puccini, “Mi chiamano Mimi” from La bohème
39:30 Pixinguinha and Benedito Lacerda, Naquele tempo
Before rehearsal on stage at Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island, I noticed that my black and white outfit mirrored the acoustic shell and floor. I thought of Debussy’s En blanc et noir for two pianos! After Syrinx, we gathered for Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
I had a thrilling week at KCMF and am very grateful to Natalie Zhu, tremendous pianist and artistic director, for including me in her 10th anniversary season. Below are photos of our wonderful ensemble that performed the Copland: me on flute, Igor Begelman, clarinet, Rose Vrbsky, bassoon, Hilary Hahn, Ayano Ninomiya, Juliette Kang, Zachary DePue, violins, Che-Hung Chen, Ren Martin-Doike, violas, Priscilla Lee, Clancy Newman, cello, Nathan Farrington, bass, Natalie Zhu, piano