Opéra National de Paris
SCHUBERT | BEATLES
Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W. 13th St., KCMO 64105
This fascinating program combines Schubert Lieder with special arrangements of songs by the Beatles in a format that showcases their similarities and differences. Pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, along with violinist Charles Yang, soprano Sari Gruber, tenor Andrew Owens and baritone Theo Hoffman, explore the music and the connections between these iconic artists, who captured the spirit of their age. The program is a collaboration with the New York Festival of Song, with its vision of reinventing the classical solo song recital as an experience of musical discovery, presenting familiar repertory in contexts that allow us to hear it in a new way.
The performance will feature two meteoric musical careers that captured the ethos of their eras, a dual repertoire of songs so iconic as to have assumed the status of folk music: Franz Schubert and the team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The driving beat of Schubert and the exquisite lyricism of the Beatles will be highlighted, with titles ranging from “Der Wanderer an den Mond” to “She’s Leaving Home.” In an Opera News review, Maria Mazzaro stated, “The songs somehow were all transformed into the finest eleven o’clock ballads any classic musical ever heard, proving that the Beatles were a heck of a lot more than the average pop musicians.”
Tickets are $35, $30 for Lyric Opera Subscribers. Ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary reception following the performance. In-event hospitality provided by Young Friends of the Lyric.