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Lara Downes is making “Holes in the Sky”

A few years back, American pianist Lara Downes found a quote by Georgia O’Keefe that stuck in “my head and my heart”, which inspired the title for her new collaboration: “I want real things – live people to take hold of – to see- and talk to – music that makes holes in the sky – I want to love as hard as I can.”

“Holes in the Sky” is an artistic presentation unlike any other that I have seen in classical music: Not only a disc made up of works entirely and exclusively by women, but with all-women artists as well. She is joined by some of the genres’ most outstanding creatives, including violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Simone Dinnerstein, and Rhiannon Giddens. The iconic singer / songwriter Judy Collins not only provides one of her songs, but sings “Albatross” (from 1967) with the pianist. Collins goes further in the liner notes by sharing her wisdom about music, art and life with Lara and, indeed, all of us. Downes’ projects, which marry excellent performance, interpretation and care in repertoire are never conventional. This one, is exceptional. – John Pitman, Director of Music and Programming

Holes in the Sky – Lara Downes

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