In an era when German melodrama and Impressionist decadence were all the rage, this roguish group injected post-World War I France with music antithetical to such voluptuousness. In the words of Jean Cocteau, a close collaborator of the composers, "Enough of clouds, waves, aquariums, water-sprites and night scents; we need down-to-earth music, everyday music."
In 2017, CSI embarks upon a three-concert survey of these composers' art song output to celebrate the 125th birth anniversaries of three of the six: Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, and Germaine Tailleferre. Hosted and narrated by Kenneth Griffiths, Director of Collaborative Piano Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music, this first concert introduces us to the unique voice emerging from Les Six in what would become the new aesthetic for France in the 1920s and beyond.
A meet-the-artists reception will follow. For more information on CSI's Survey of Les Six series, visit cincinnatisonginitiative.org/les-six.
Marie Marquis | SOPRANO
Liza Forrester Kelly | MEZZO-SOPRANO
Alexander Hurd | BARITONE
Ahyoung Jung | PIANO
Samuel Martin | PIANO
Kenneth Griffiths | NARRATOR
Note: Performers and repertoire are subject to change.