A Visionary’s Salon: Winnaretta Singer, Princesse De Polignac [Valley of the Moon Music Festival]

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Now in its fifth season, Valley of the Moon Music Festival celebrates Europe’s powerful 19th-century SALONNIÈRES, women who worked to advance the careers and reputations of composers from Bach to Stravinsky. The Festival will continue its two-week musical tour of influential European salons until July 28. Enjoy a pre-concert lecture at 2:30 p.m., and stay after the concert for a wine reception. Feel free to picnic on the patio before the concert!

Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac, was an American-born heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. In the 1890s, she moved to Paris, where she established a salon that supported Debussy, Fauré and Stravinksy, among many others. The Festival will pay tribute to her salon with a selection of works by several composers she embraced and commissioned, including Fauré, Stravinsky, Wagner, Reynaldo Hahn and Ernest Chausson. World-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine, in her Festival debut, will perform as soloist in the Chausson concerto.

*PRE-CONCERT LECTURE (included in ticket) at 2:30pm by Heather Hadlock (Associate Professor, Stanford University, Department of Music).

CONCERT PROGRAM:
FAURÉ Cinq Mélodies “de Venise”, op. 58
Reynaldo HAHN Venezia for voice and piano
WAGNER Träume from Wesendonck Lieder (arranged for tenor and string quartet)
STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for String Quartet
CHAUSSON Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, op. 21

ARTISTS:
Kyle Stegall, tenor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Anna Presler, violin
Liana Bérubé, violin
Phyllis Kamrin, viola
Tanya Tomkins, cello
Eric Zivian, fortepiano