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December 14, 2017

Portland Opera artists will present selections from their program featuring the works of David Lang: The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion. They will be joined by renowned American pianist, writer and producer Lara Downes. Downes has been called “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship” by NPR. Known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences. Since 1997 Imani Winds, the Grammy-nominated wind quintet, has taken a unique path carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. From Mendelssohn to Astor Piazzolla to Wayne Shorter and Stravinsky, Imani Winds seeks to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom.

3:59 pm Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, Valerie Coleman, Imani Winds

3:52 pm Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel, arr. Mason Jones, Imani Winds

3:46 pm Titilayo, Jeff Scott, Imani Winds

3:40 pm – The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: 1st half of Scene 4, David Lang, Martin Bakari (BoySam), tenor; Lisa Williamson (Virginia Creeper), soprano; Laila Murphy; Nicole Mitchell; Ernest Jackson Jr.; Damien Geter; Evan Paul piano

3:26 pm The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Mrs. Williamson’s opening song, David Lang, Hannah Penn, Mezzo-soprano; Evan Paul, piano

3:19 pm Shenandoah, Traditional, Lara Downes, piano

3:10 pm Poems of the Sea, Ernest Bloch, Lara Downes, piano

3:02 pm Deep River, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lara Downes, piano