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A New Country, with Jennifer Johnson Cano

September 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Pulitzer winner Paul Moravec’s A New Country (2018) celebrates the aspirations of immigrants to America, using poetry by Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus among others. Young Met Opera mezzo Jennifer Johnson Cano is joined by the dynamic Longleash Piano Trio, Laura Gilbert, flute & Jonathan Bagg, viola in a program that includes American works for voice and piano, and Charles Ives’ Piano Trio, a musical portrait of his days at Yale.

A naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry, Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim.  During the 2018-2019 season, she returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Emilia in Otello and Meg Page in Falstaff and makes her role debut as Offred in Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale with Boston Lyric Opera.Ms. Cano’s orchestral engagements include Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphonies.  A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, she joins tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake at Carnegie Hall for an evening of Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared.  She will return to Chamber Music of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for a performance of Ravel’s Sheherazade and Falla’s Psyche.

Longleash (violin, cello, piano) is an ensemble with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by new music with unusual sonic beauty, an inventive streak, and compelling cultural relevancy, Longleash extends a love of classical chamber musicianship to the interpretation of contemporary music, crafting performances that are both dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad magazine) and for navigating “an incredible breadth of musical styles with technical expertise and expressive innovation” (Feast of Music), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy.

The trio takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a covert CIA operation designed to promote the work of American avant-garde artists in Europe during the Cold War. Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano) met in New York while training at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.


September 8
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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