Brooklyn Art Song Society To Present Canteloube’s ‘Chants d’Auvergne’

By David Salazar

The Brooklyn Art Song Society is set to showcase the second concert of its 2019-20 season. Entitled “Home II: Chants d’Auvergne,” the concert will take place on Nov. 1, 2019 at the Brooklyn History Society in Brooklyn, NY.

The event will present the music of Joseph Canteloube’s “Chants ‘d’Auvergne.” The piece will be performed by soprano Maria Valdes and mezzo-soprano Devony Smith, both in their BASS debuts. The showcase will also feature sopranos Marnie Breckenridge and Laura Stricking. Danny Zelibor and Brent Funderburk will accompany the singers at the piano.

There will be a pre-concert lecture by Art Historian Patricia Mainardi.

“The defining musical trait of the ‘Chants d’Auvergne’ is a dichotomy: the extreme simplicity of the folk melodies, which are sometimes just a small single musical phrase repeated to one or two lines of texts, are contrasted with a lush, harmonically, rhythmically, and sometimes even emotionally rich accompaniment,” said Michael Brofman, BASS’ artistic director, in a statement.

This concert is part of Brooklyn Art Song Society’s 10th anniversary season, with the concerts centering on themes of national identity.