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FANFAIRE celebrates JAKE HEGGIE
A WHALE OF A COMPOSER!

FLESH AND STONE

Songs by Jake Heggie

- a CD for the benefit of CLASSICAL ACTION

On 15 October 2007, CLASSICAL ACTION: Performing Arts against AIDS celebrated the release of JAKE HEGGIE’s second CD album of songs – “FLESH and STONE.” As Jake describes it, this set of songs is “about the fragile and fleeting nature of our lives: we are flesh and bone one day, ash and stone the next. That can feel incredibly serious, but it has a humorous side too.”

Thus, as the audio excerpts below show, the songs run the gamut of musical styles, with lyrics drawn from a wealth of literary sources. They were recorded at the state-of-the-art studios of Skywalker Sound in Northern California, and collectively reflect the extraordinary talents of JAKE HEGGIE and the artists who joined him pro bono in creating this uniquely resonant recording for the benefit of CLASSICAL ACTION.

LISTEN TO SOME CLIPS from “FLESH and STONE:”

a cycle of seven songs based on poems (by CHARLENE BALDRIDGE, RAYMOND CARVER, EMILY DICKINSON, and FREDERICA VON STADE) that recall a winter’s journed to overcome the loss of loved one who has died too young and too soon; commissioned by RICHARD and LUCI JANSSEN for mezzo-soprano FREDERICA VON STADE.

I. from WINTER ROSES (Tracks 1-3):

TO MY DAD – Track 1
- sung by FREDERICA VON STADE / lyrics written by herself, a reconciliation addressed to her own father who was killed during World War II before she was born.

 
II. from STATUESQUE (Tracks 4-8):
- a cycle of five songs with poetry by GENE SCHEER; commissioned the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS at LAWRENCE for mezzo-soprano JOYCE CASTLE. The idea for the cycle came about when HEGGIE friend, the “statuesque” JANICE MAYER, asked him to write a song for her. The cycle is HEGGIE’s first creative collaboration with SCHEER. Their songs breathe life into the five great statues that inspired SCHEER’s poetry: HENRY MOORE’s “Reclining Figure in Elmwood”, PABLO PICASSO’s “Bust of Marie-Thérèse”, the Egyptian Hatshepsut, ALBERTO GIACOMETTI’s “Standing Woman”, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

HENRY MOORE: RECLINING FIGURE IN ELMWOOD – Track 4″
- sung by JOYCE CASTLE / inspired by HENRY MOORE’s sculpture (middle sculpture in collage above)
PICASSO: HEAD OF A WOMAN 1932 – Track 5″
- sung by JOYCE CASTLE / inspired by PABLO PICASSO ‘s bust of his mistress

III. from THE DEEPEST DESIRE (Tracks 9-14):

LOVE – Track 11
- sung by ZHENG CAO, with EUGENIA ZUKERMAN (flute) / a song about friendship, “the best love of all”
LOVE – Track 11″
- sung by JOYCE CASTLE / inspired by PABLO PICASSO ‘s bust of his mistress

IV. from THE STARRY NIGHT (Tracks 15-18):
- a cycle of seven songs inspired by VINCENT VAN GOGH’s painting of the same title (background image in collage above), and commissioned by EVOLUTIONS IN SONG for mezzo-soprano KRISTINE JEPSON and pianist JOHN CHURCHWELL. The painting holds special significance for HEGGIE because his father painted a copy of it shortly before he took his own life in 1972 when HEGGIE was 10 years old. Today the copy hangs above HEGGIE’s piano. He was inspired to write the song cycle when he discovered a poem by ANNE SEXTON that was inspired by the same painting at the same time that he was reading VAN GOGH’s letters.

- sung by MARY PHILLIPS, with JAKE HEGGIE (piano)
The musical language of this first song in the cycle that is essentially “an internal discussion of life and death” serves as the foundation for the rest of the songs

BUY the CD - available for purchase only at the CLASSICAL ACTION store.


On Sunday, February 17, 2007 mezzo-soprano FREDERICA VON STADE and JAKE HEGGIE performed a private recital in Houston, Texas for the benefit Bering Omega Community Services and Classical Action.

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Watch a video of "Jake Heggie on Moby-Dick"; excerpted from FanFaire Foundation's "Writing Opera Today - A Music Appreciation Event" 
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