The mercurial figure of Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) is brought to vivid life in this costumed recital. Child prodigy, virtuoso pianist, composer, and opera singer, Venezuelan-born Carreño was a fiercely independent creative spirit who made her brilliant way in a man’s world for eight decades. The program, entitled “I AM CARREÑO: The Extraordinary Life of Teresa Carreño”, will feature compositions she played, sang and championed, works by her teachers and mentors, works she composed for voice, for violin as well as a generous sampling of her virtuosic compositions for solo piano – animated by the virtuoso pianist Isabel Pérez Dobarro, mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna, bass-baritone Robert Osborne, and violinist Stephanie Chase. Carreño’s own words, along with those of her colleagues, critics, mentors, and students, provide a narrative thread showcasing her multi-faceted career within the international musical milieu of her times. This event draws from manuscripts housed in Vassar College’s Special Collection and marks the 2017 centennial of her death.
Thursday, May 10, 2018. Doors Open 6:15pm |Lecture at 6:30pm| Concert at 7:00pm. Auditorium. American Academy of Arts & Letters. 632 West 156 Street New York New York 10032
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council , Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain and New York State Council on the Arts.