Sarah Nelson Craft returns to CVM’s stage with a program featuring major, lengthy vocal works that present women’s stories from their point of view: Robert Schumann’s “Frauenliebe und leben” and John Harbison’s “Mirabai Songs”. Opera News described Mrs. Craft’s 2016 Carnegie Hall solo Spotlight Recital as “exquisite… glowing… charming…” and Con Vivo Music is very excited to bring her performance to Jersey City.
One of Schumann’s truly iconic song cycles, “Frauenliebe und leben” chronicles the love story and life of a young woman, who takes on very traditional roles of wife and mother. While the poetry is not very progressive, it was unique in its time for delving deep into the mind of a woman and telling the story from her perspective.
“Mirabai Songs” is a setting of ecstatic religious poetry in 16th-century India by woman poet Mirabai. When her husband was killed in a war, Mirabai refused to die on his funeral pyre, as was the custom. Instead, she left her family compound, wrote her poems to Krishna, the Dark One, and sang and danced them in the streets.
Con Vivo Music – Sarah Nelson Craft in Recital
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, April 7 at 7:00pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Robert Schumann – Frauenliebe und leben
John Harbison – Mirabai Songs
Performed by mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and pianist Paul Vasile.
Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corporation.
This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.