Bridges Hall of Music
150 E. Fourth St.
Soprano Ursula Kleinecke’s joyful exploration of women’s stories through their words and music. This program is anchored by John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs (1982), a setting of six poems of 16th century Indian mystic poet Mirabai. At age 27, Mirabai was expected to kill herself in her husband’s funeral pyre. Instead, she ran away, danced and wrote poetry… and became the fire herself. At times poignant, defiant, reverent, romantic and witty, this rich musical program offers an artistically satisfying blend of styles of the late 19th through the 20th centuries. The program also includes music by Bruce Babcock, Amy Beach, Lee Hoiby, Gwyneth Walker and others.
Joining Ms. Kleinecke are Rachel Rudich (flute), Kathryn Nevin (clarinet), Theresa Dimond (percussion), Alison Bjorkedal (harp), Sarah Thornblade (violin), Kira Blumberg (viola), Maggie Parkins (cello), Connie Deeter (bass) and Eric Lindholm, conductor.
Soprano Ursula Maria Kleinecke was born and raised in Mexico, where, as the daughter of a pianist and arranger, she was surrounded by music from an early age. As a performing artist with a particular interest in music of the Americas, Ms. Kleinecke has performed works by many American and Latin American composers such as Bruce Babcock, Daniel Catán, Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, John Harbison, Theodoro Valcárcel and Heitor Villa-Lobos. She has performed in Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico and USA and her recordings can be found on Albany records and Clear Note.
Free Admission, no tickets | doors open 15 minutes prior to the concert