July 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue Newport
RI 02840

Most music lovers never get the opportunity to meet a living composer, let alone one who has collaborated with and composed for some of the world’s most exceptional singers, including Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, and Joyce DiDonato. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get to know award-winning composer Jake Heggie in an intimate setting, learn about his craft, and hear some of his breathtaking compositions performed live.

Meet the Composer begins with an informal presentation given by Mr. Heggie who discusses the first half of the Program, excerpts from Rise & Fall (for soprano and piano) and A Question of Light (for baritone & piano), which were created in collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer.

As Heggie describes, “Gene and I composed a cycle, Rise and Fall, by describing four episodes in a woman’s life through art objects at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Water Stone” is about falling in love, and was inspired by a shimmering water sculpture by Noguchi. In “Incantation Bowl,” larger forces are summoned to protect against evil in the house. “Angels’ Wings” is about transcendence in death, based on a modern abstract sculpture that Gene interpreted as an angel wing or even a vocal cord…. “A Question of Light” was inspired by six major artworks in the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Art…

Unlike most of my cycles, there is no common thematic motif that connects these songs. Rather, it is a free-flowing lyricism that pervades; each song an emotional and musical response to the image and the poetry, as if one were walking through a museum and suddenly taken by surprise.”

During intermission, there will be champagne and patisseries in anticipation of the second half of the program, the song cycle Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (for mezzo & string quartet).

As described by Heggie, “The life of the brilliant French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) was little known prior to the landmark film about her life, released in 1988. She was a creative genius at a time when a woman was rarely taken seriously on her own, and usually only in connection with a man.”

This exciting event will culminate in audience Q & A with the composer. Don’t miss out!