Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic
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Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic

Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic

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Mercantile Library

414 Walnut Street

11th Floor

Cincinnati, Ohio

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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.

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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.

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