Saturday, December 10, 2022

Aizuri Quartet: Song Emerging

Concert Starts:
7:30 PM


Reserved Seats: $25

No Lawn tickets are offered for this event.

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About the Artist

Songs are powerful human instruments. A visceral emotion, a culture’s history, a political statement, an epic tale, can all be distilled into a single song. The “Song Emerging” program is an unfolding of a series of song-inspired works and songs that are near and dear to the Aizuri Quartet’s heart and identity. They began finding that voice as individual fellows at Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and later honed their chorus of strings as an RSMI resident ensemble while setting off on their prizewinning career. 

The program opens with the Canadian Inuk vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist Tanya Tagaq’s Sivunittinni. Drawing from her style of Inuit throat singing, she describes her string quartet as a piece of the land, and perhaps “a little bit of a wake-up” from humankind’s disconnect from nature. The program continues with the First String Quartet of Robert Schumann, whose writing was inextricably linked to romantic Lieder and vocal music.

The second half of “Song Emerging” is a surprising collection of songs, curated meticulously by the Aizuris. A combination of classical Lieder, traditional tunes, and new arrangements commissioned specifically for this program, the Songbook consists of songs that each hold personal meaning for the quartet. The collection taps into the voices of deeply admired composers like Eleanor Alberga as well as fiercely talented friends and colleagues like fiddler/songwriter Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and is a celebration of the most direct human expression in music.



Song Emerging

Tanya Tagaq: Sivunittinni (arr. Jacob Garchik) 
Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, op. 41, no. 1

“The Aizuri Songbook”:
Joanna Newsom: “Bridges and Balloons” (arr. Christina Courtin) 
Franz Schubert: “Der Lindenbaum” from Winterreise, D. 911 (arr. Michi Wiancko)
Clara Schumann: Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen, op. 13, no. 1 (arr. Karen Ouzounian)
Claude Debussy: Romance (Voici que le printemps), CD 56 (arr. Miho Saegusa)
Cécile Chaminade: Ronde d’amour (Ah! Si l’amour prenait les racine) (arr. Lembit Beecher) 
Traditional American: “I’m Working on a Building” (arr. George Meyer) 
Anna Roberts-Gevalt: After Lester 
Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train (arr. Karen Ouzounian) 
Eleanor Alberga: Remember 
Ben Russell: Weather Vane 

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