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Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

“Barbara Hannigan sings the songs of Erik Satie as if she’s sitting next to you, whispering and cooing across the kitchen table with sufficient breathiness, soft edges and exquisite spaciousness to match Reinbert de Leeuw’s sweet-melancholy piano chords.”
The Guardian (UK)

Barbara Hannigan has made a name for herself as a muse and collaborator with a number of legendary composers, creating roles on leading opera stages around the world by adding a kind of virtuosity that contemporary music has rarely seen before. The soprano comes to the Board of Officers Room to make her U.S. recital debut with programs that showcase her versatility and superb musicianship. She opens her residency with an artfully curated look at the Second Viennese School, where new musical language was developed through the extraordinary collaboration between composers, painters, writers, and other artists in the city’s salons and cafes at the turn of the century. She then looks to Paris to explore the work of Erik Satie, from art songs written in his early career to his magnum opus Socrate, in a unique program performed with renowned Satie interpreter Reinbert de Leeuw.

Second Viennese School: November 16

Program to include works by Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler, Wolf.

All Erik Satie: November 18

Program to include art songs, solo piano works, and Socrate.

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The Recital Series is supported in part by The Reed Foundation. The Recital Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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