Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Poulenc: Le bal masqué, FP 60
Lee Hoiby: Bon Appetit! (A musical monologue for vocalist and ensemble with text by Julia Child)
Abigail Fischer, soprano; Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone; Imani Winds (Brandon Patrick George, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; Monica Ellis, bassoon); Charlie Geyer, trumpet; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Timothy Hester, piano; Svet Stoyanov, percussion; Ned Canty, stage director (Bon Appetit!)
Enjoy a spectacular opening night of surrealist and culinary musical delights. Acclaimed bass-baritone Ryan McKinny brings his magnetic presence to Poulenc’s marvelously absurd Le bal masqué. Mesmerizing last season in Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams, soprano Abigail Fischer portrays Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s comic operatic take on the unflappable chef’s 1970’s television program. Stellar musicians join the renowned Imani Winds for a quintessential Da Camera evening of surprise and musical adventure.
“Ryan McKinny sang with sensitivity, understanding, and ever-present beauty of tone…true star power.” — Opera Today
“Like [Julia] Child’s whipped egg whites, Bon Appetit! may be light and frothy, but it’s the result of a master’s sure touch.” – Opera News
“As an ensemble, the Imani Winds cultivate the big, rich sound one associates with classical players — and they also display the daring, respond in-the moment qualities one associates with a swinging jazz combo.” — New Orleans Times Picayune