Season Sponsor - Ernie Kretzmer in loving memory of Alisa Kretzmer
Performance Sponsor - Edward Alley in honor and loving memory of June LeBell Alley
Armistice: The Journey Home
John Brancy, baritone
Peter Dugan, piano
Saturday, November 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theatre ($25-$45)
Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, "Armistice: The Journey Home" explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert's "Der Wanderer", to Vaughan Williams' "Songs to Travel", to Ives' "They Are There".
Award-winning artists John Brancy and Peter Dugan mark the Armistice centenary with a compelling and critically acclaimed program of art songs that combines iconic works by such varied composers as Schubert, Vaughn Williams, Pete Seeger, Rachmaninoff, Irving Berlin and more.
John Brancy's intense musicality and communicative power places him in the front ranks of baritones of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as "a vibrant, resonant presence," Brancy won First Prize in the Art Song Division of the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montreal, a win that recognizes him as a premiere interpreter of Art Song repertoire in our time.
Peter Dugan's 2017 debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as "stunning."
Together, these longtime friends and collaborators have redefined the art song genre with recitals that are fresh and original, and that resonate with audiences and critics alike.
What critics are saying:
"John Brancy delivered a spectacular recital at Alice Tully Hall." - Michael Barrett, The New York Festival of Song
“It was a pleasure to spend two hours in the presence of this voice" – Opera News
Musical selections range from Schubert's "Der Wanderer", to Vaughan Williams' "Songs to Travel", to Ives' "They Are There".