Marcel Proust’s Paris (1995)

World premiere: November 17, 1995
Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

New York premiere: November 20, 1995
Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater

Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg
Original performers: Laurie Smukler, violin; Scott St. John, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Carter Brey, cello; John Aler, tenor; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Richard Howard, reader

Reynaldo Hahn: Five Songs
Reynaldo Hahn/Marcel Proust: Portraits de Peintres
Gabriel Faure: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13; Chant d’automne
Cesar Franck: String Quartet in D Major

This critically acclaimed program has enlightened and entertained audiences throughout the world. An evening of readings from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time with selected songs by Reynaldo Hahn and chamber music of Gabriel Faure and Cesar Franck.

Press:

“A remarkably thoughtful program of music that inspired Proust…the whole evening radiated uncommon care and intelligence.” – The New York Times

“Music, poetry merge majestically in ‘Marcel Proust’s Paris’” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“An ingenious thematic idea was brilliantly used in the program performed by Da Camera of Houston…the appeal was enormous.” – Washington Post

Venues: Wortham Theater Center; Great Performers at Lincoln Center; Cervantino Festival, Mexico; De Ijsbreker series, The Netherlands; Meany Hall, University of Washington International Chamber Music Series; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida; University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Van Kliburn Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois; Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire