Madness and Music: From Concert to Cabaret

Music by Bach, Schumann, St. Saëns, Maconchy, and more

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 pm

Ivan Rosenblum, concert director and piano; Lori Schulman, soprano; Kathleen Purcell, flute; Jeff Gallagher, clarinet

A broad, light approach to “madness” makes for a varied, entertaining program! Featured will be music from a composer, a writer and a performer, who’ve all been diagnosed with mental illness – Robert Schumann, Sylvia Plath and Glenn Gould.

These pieces will be combined with playful songs of obsession—food, drink, movies, love, over-zealousness—composed by Bach, Bernstein, Noel Coward, William Bolcom, and Queen. Of course no program titled “Music and Madness” would be complete without an excerpt from the “Mad Scene” in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor or some version of “Ophelia’s Song.” Even more mayhem will ensue in St. Saën’s  Tarantella for clarinet, flute and piano—the “mad” dance provoked by a tarantula’s bite.  And finally, the eccentric Victorian world described in a drug-drenched dream from Alice in Wonderland  set to music by David Del TreDici?   “TOTALLY MAD,” you say?  Check it out!

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Photo by Steve DiBartolomeo

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