Thursday, September 1, 2016

Daphne Alderson Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pittsburgh contralto Daphne Alderson and Philadelphia pianist Norma Meyer will perform the season premiere of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s Listen Locally series.  This is Listen Locally’s fifth season at the Music Hall.

"We Remember: A Concert to Celebrate the Inner Life of Anne Frank" takes place on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m.   The music – an eclectic selection written or arranged for contralto and piano – is a perfect match for the ACFL&MH’s acoustically superb Music Hall.  The concert is made possible with support from Littles Shoes in Squirrel Hill.

We Remember is a tribute to the young girl who wrote one of the most iconic, moving and inspirational books about the Holocaust.   Anne Frank’s book, "The Diary of a Young Girl" continues to capture generations of readers.  Many discover the book for the first time as young teenagers and return to it again as adults. Whatever the age of the reader, the rarity is that a 13-year-old spoke and the world listened.(Recognizing the opportunity for meaningful synergy between Library and Music Hall programming, the ACFL&MH collaborated with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh this summer on a shared reading of Anne’s Diary).

ACFL&MH audiences are familiar with Ms. Alderson.  She performed two benefit concerts in the Music Hall:  "Songs that Oscar Taught Me: A Tribute to Oscar Hammerstein" in 2008 and "All Judy; All Heart" (an homage to Judy Garland) in 2009.  She also sang with guitarist (and husband) John Marcinizyn in a 2014 Listen Locally concert that included a moving tribute to Pete Seeger.

Philadelphian Norma Meyer is a highly respected pianist-conductor whose collaborative work takes her to such esteemed venues as the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia to the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana to Carnegie Hall in New York.

Norma Meyer Credit: Courtesy Photo

Newark Ledger critic Paul Somers described Alderson and Meyer’s collaboration. “Alderson has a true contralto voice, the kind that is often called ‘plummy’,filled with rich colors and expression.... Pianist Norma Meyer is the best kind of accompanist - the kind that follows a singer perfectly, yet manages to never let the singer wander off into self-indulgence.... I Remember, by Michael Cohen, is a moving solo cantata based on Ann Frank’s diaries, in which Alderson and Meyer together communicated every nuance with heartbreaking accuracy....In Meyer’s expressive and agile hands, one did not miss the work’s original.chamber music version.”

We Remember includes three lieder by Gustav Mahler; Kleine Prelude van Ravel by Dutch composer Leo Smit (who, with his wife, died at Sobibor); two spirituals; and "Alone," Maya Angelou’s poem set to music by Pittsburgh composer Douglas Levine. The concert concludes with the haunting, "I Remember," a piece commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in 1996, with music by Michael Cohen and lyrics by Enid Futterman.

"We Remember: A Tribute to the Inner Life of Anne Frank" takes place on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m.  A dessert reception with the performers follows the performance. Tickets are $15 inadvance; $20 at the door; students are $5 at or call 412-276-3456.

Listen Locally: The 115th Anniversary Season is supported by the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust of The Pittsburgh Foundatio

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