"Colorful Language in Song: An Evening of Vocal Music" with Mezzo-Soprano Martha J. Hart- 11/14/12
"Colorful' Language in Song: An Evening of Vocal Music" is presented featuring Martha J. Hart, mezzo-soprano, Nancy Mayo, pianist and Thomas J. Hart, narrator. Studies have been done to determine a culture's perception of color based on the number of words in its language for various colors.
Making use of Mary O'Neill's poetry book 'Hailstones and Halibut Bones,' songs will
be paired with the poetry's descriptions of and moods represented by the colors black,
white, red, green, yellow and blue. Gabriel Fauré, Roger Quilter, Xavier Montsalvatge
and Richard Hundley are a few of the composers whose musical evocations of and responses
to color will be interspersed with the poetry. The inspiration for the evening is
based on programs given in London's famous Wigmore Hall series, The Songmaker's Almanac,
whose thematically based programs pair poetic readings with art song.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 7 p.m.
Recital Hall, Thompson Music Building, Webster University, 8282 Big Bend Blvd.
$5 at the door, $3 for Senior adults, students free with valid identification
Call the Fine Arts Hotline 968-7128 or 968-7032
Warmth, richness and clarity of tone coupled with sincere, expressive communication of text distinguish the artistry of mezzo-soprano Martha J. Hart. Known for her stylistic interpretation of music spanning the Baroque to contemporary, Ms. Hart has sung to critical acclaim throughout North America and France. Highly regarded for her performances of oratorio, art song and chamber music, Martha has sung with the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Atlanta, Lansing, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Omaha and St. Louis, the Florida Orchestra, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Conductors with whom Ms. Hart has worked include Helmuth Rilling, Simon Preston, Craig Jessop, and the late Robert Shaw. With Mr. Shaw she performed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ, and Copland's In the Beginning. She recorded solos of the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and is a featured soloist on Schubert Songs for Male Chorus with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, both on the Telarc label. Other recordings include music of Charles Ives with the St. Olaf Choir, Linn Records, and a solo CD with pianist J.J. Penna titled Summer Journey: Songs of Darius Milhaud. In March of 2005, she made her solo debut performance at New York's Carnegie Hall singing the Duruflé Requiem.
As a recitalist, Ms. Hart is known for her imaginative programs combining poetry reading and art song around a central theme. As one critic writes: "The program was charming, touching, and engaging, both in content and presentation."
A versatile singer, Martha is part of the ensemble Three for the Road, a trio dedicated to the performance of American popular music from the 1930s and '40s. In addition to her performance credits, Martha is a respected vocal pedagogue and is invited to present masterclasses at colleges and universities. She has served on the faculties of Graceland University, The Ohio State University and the Bay View Music Festival.