October 16, 2020


Sparrow Live

Encore Presentation: POP-Up Series: Summer Farewells

In the last installment of Promenade Opera Project’s POP-Up Series, we find ourselves saying goodbye to a summer that has been anything but normal. We’ve selected repertoire that captures the full spectrum of resolution, heartbreak, nostalgia, wishfulness, and acceptance that come with farewells.

Time & Location

On Sparrow Live

About the Event

For Promenade Opera Project’s third installment in our POP-Up series, we have decided to highlight further Voices of Change in a program of songs about nature one might find in a garden. Given how refreshing being in nature can be when coping with the reality of the current pandemic, our team wanted to highlight composers who have shaped music as an artform and as an industry. 

We open with the haunting ‘There is a Garden” from Bernstein’s genre-splicing American opera,‘Trouble in Tahiti’, leading into Ned Rorem’s ‘I strolled across an open field’. This leads us to the third movement of George Walker’s revolutionary piece for soprano and orchestra, ‘Lilacs’, presented in this concert with piano reduction. This piece, which sets texts by Walt Whitman, enraptured audiences with its captivating harmonies and Walker unanimously became the first Black American to win the Pulitzer Prize after its debut. Whitman’s words and Walker’s soundscape are then contrasted with the ‘Flower Song’ from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, sung by the eventual anti-hero Don José as he tells the protagonist that the flower she gifted him gave him hope while imprisoned. This scene precedes our closing selections, ‘The Daisies’ by Samuel Barber and ‘Feldeinsamkeit’ by Charles Ives.


Jade Espina, mezzo-soprano

Jacob Kanupp, baritone

Sarah Ryman, soprano

Joel Edwards, tenor

Leo Balkovetz, tenor

Francis Rogers, tenor

Eoin Clark, piano

Melanie Rucinski, piano

Pierre-Nicolas Colombat, piano


‘There is a garden’ from Trouble in Tahiti - Leonard Bernstein

Jade Espina, Pierre-Nicolas Colombat

I strolled across an open field - Ned Rorem

Jacob Kanupp, Melanie Rucinski

Movement III, ‘In the dooryard’ from Lilacs - George Walker

Sarah Ryman, Eoin Clark

‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée from Carmen - Georges Bizet

Joel Edwards, Pierre-Nicolas Colombat

The Daisies - Samuel Barber

Leo Balkovetz, Melanie Rucinski

In Summer Fields - Charles Ives

Francis Rogers, Eoin Clark

Length: ~30 minutes, no intermission









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