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
I devoted this week’s episode to Italian music and culture. I performed selections by Vivaldi, Mercadante, and Genin and discuss music in Dante’s “Commedia,” one of the most fascinating topics I’ve researched and written about.
Genin, Theme and Variations on Carnival of Venice
Vivaldi, Largo from Concerto in C Major for piccolo and orchestra (with my recording of the piano part)
Mercadante, Variations on Rossini’s “Per cara quest’anima” from Armida
Talk on Dante with musical examples
For further reading, here’s the link to my paper “The Music of Dante’s Purgatorio” in Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies