The Jarrar and Brea Duo to Present ‘Women + Life + Freedom’

By Chris Ruel

NYC-based composer and pianist Felix Jarrar will team up with soprano Maria Brea and other guest artists, including violinist Adam von Housen, for a benefit concert on March 15th at 7:00 pm in Stuytown.

The concert is free, but donations collected will go to Amnesty International through their website. The money will support the organization’s campaign to investigate violence in Iran.

Music by Donizetti, Massenet, and and Leoncavallo, along with premieres of Jarrar’s works, are on the program.

Works to be premiered include “Henry IV Women,” featuring text by Bea Goodwin and performed by soprano Caroline Spaeth and countertenor James Brown.

Spaeth will also premiere Jarrar’s new song cycle, “Pretty Polly’s Revenge.”

The evening of premieres continues with baritone Miguel Ángel Vasquez performing “They just came to dance,” a song written by Jarrar in response to the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs.

Maria Brea will also present an exclusive performance of “Amethyst” from Jarrar’s upcoming Symphony no. 1, “Banishing Grief,” which will have its premiere with Cailin Marcel Manson’s New England Repertory Orchestra on May 13th, 2023.