The Singing Spirit
Saskatchewan’s own Kerry DuWors and Katherine Dowling share an intimate program focused on the human experience, with music on themes of friendship, adversity, despair, hope, and love.
“I am affected by everything that goes on in the world and think it all over in my own way…and then I long to express my feelings and find an outlet for them in music.” – Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann: Sonata no.1 in A minor, op.105 (1851)
I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
Marjan Mozetich: L’esprit chantant (1995)
Clara Schumann: Three Romances, op.22 (1853)
I. Andante molto
III. Leidenschaftlich schnell
Johannes Brahms: Sonata no.2 in A major, op.100 (1886)
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo – vivace
III. Allegretto grazioso
Living through the loss, isolation, and darkness of the global pandemic, each of us has a spirit that longs to sing, to reach out, to break free. This programme shares stories of human experience – friendship and intimacy, adversity and despair, hope and love – timeless stories that transcend place, era, culture, and circumstance. Robert and Clara Schumann’s love story is one of history’s greatest, one of profound suffering and struggle, but also of eternal love and devotion. A lifelong confidante and champion of their works, Johannes Brahms was their dearest and most beloved friend. These extraordinary artists created at the springtime of Romanticism, their music suffused with emotion, messages, and secrets. This depth of feeling is also exuded in the work of celebrated Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich, whose music explores the intimate, the personal, the human, all while tugging at the heartstrings.
“Curated specifically for the Prairie Debut ‘Close to Home’ series, The Singing Spirit is our offering to our fellow prairie dwellers – speaking to the present moment, and creating space for catharsis, comfort, and hope. Each of these works invite listeners to travel along an emotional journey – and to have their own in the process.” – Katherine Dowling