Thursday, April 22, 2021 Nokuthula Ngwenyama's "Climbing to Dragon's Mountain" in tribute to fallen MET Orchestra Musicians from 3 PM ET April 25

Nokuthula Ngwenyama

MET Orchestra Musicians and Frederica von Stade Honor Fallen Colleagues With SONGS WITHOUT WORDS Concert

April 19, 2021

Host and guest performer Frederica "Flicka" von Stade will join MET Orchestra musicians in a streaming program of chamber music. This performance, the sixth presented by the MET Orchestra's virtual Spotlight Series, will remember five orchestra colleagues who have passed away since the pandemic began. Flicka will sing Poulenc's "Les anges musiciens," ("Angel Musicians") from La courte paille as a tribute to their memories.

The program begins with works for viola ensemble to honor Vincent Lionti, MET Orchestra violist since 1987 and beloved conductor of the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony, who died at 60 years old on April 4, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus. Shmuel Katz, Vinnie's section-mate, has arranged a movement of Mozart's B-flat Piano Sonata, K. 333 as well as Purcell's "When I Am Laid in Earth" from Dido and Aeneas for violas. The group, which includes MET violists Mary Hammann, Zoë Martin-Doike, and Nardo Poy, will also perform violist-composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama's mesmerizing quartet Climbing to Dragon's Mountain.

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