Gabriel Kahane In Concert — Craigslist, Schumann, & Other Inspirations, the singer-songwriter will perform songs from his latest album, The Ambassador, and celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his cult hit by performing it alongside Robert Schumann’s cycle, Dichterliebe. “Vocal cycles are typically known as very old, but [Kahane] reinvented this classical medium with a very contemporary subject matter,” says Michael Zuraw, president and artistic director of presenter Aperio, Music of the Americas. By playing both, Kahane will show the connection between the great traditions of art songs and modern pop music in a way that “isn’t stuffy at all,” Zuraw says. Not convinced? Zuraw recommends Come on All You Ghosts and Memory Palace; then be prepared to buy a ticket.
8 p.m. April 1. The MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit aperioamericas.org. $15 to $35.
APERIO, Music of the Americas presents Gabriel Kahane In Concert - Craigslist, Schumann, & Other Inspirations at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH).
In this unusual song recital, songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane accompanies himself in Schumann’s monumental cycle 'Dichterliebe', drawing connections between the romantic German song tradition of the nineteenth century and the singer-songwriter tradition of contemporary American pop music. In addition, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his cult song cycle 'Craigslistlieder', composed in 2006 and since performed by hundreds of singers including four-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald, Kahane will perform the complete work: eight irreverent yet poignant song settings of classified ads from craigslist.org. To round out the program, Gabriel will draw on songs from his latest LP, The Ambassador, hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”.
GABRIEL KAHANE (b. 1981)
Recent works announced from the stage
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Gabriel Kahane, voice, guitar, piano
*Due to adult themes this concert is not recommended for audiences under the age of 17 years.
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