Veteran performers Off-Broadway, at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center, this three-man group of Shakespearean pranksters presents their most recent production, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged). Called “A breathlessly irreverent and pun-filled romp!” by the Washington Post, the production proposes that Shakespeare had written a recently-discovered rough draft of all his plays that presents his most famous characters interacting comically onstage together. Theatrical zaniness? Yea, verily.
One of the pianists hand-picked by Philip Glass to participate in his international tours of his piano etudes, Jenny Lin demonstrates the many sides of her dazzling musicianship. Her recital will consist of etudes by composers from Liszt to Glass, and virtuoso arrangements of show tunes by pianist/performers from Earl Wild to Stephen Hough.
One of the finest chamber ensembles in the world today, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation, and interpretive depth. Presented by the Secrest Artists Series in coordination with the new Wake Forest Global AWAKEnings first-year study abroad program in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Note: this is a Friday evening concert.
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass can truly be called the world’s most famous brass group. Creators of a discography of over 130 recordings, Canadian Brass has been for decades a pioneer in bringing brass music to audiences everywhere. Their performance for the Secrest Artists Series will be a special holiday concert.
Jenny Scheinman, an acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist, performs an original score set to 70-year-old archival films taken by the late North Carolina filmmaker H. Lee Waters. Scheinman and her musical sidemen create a living soundtrack of new folk songs, fiddle music, and field sounds to accompany Waters’ footage of the Piedmont in the early 1940s, assembled by film director Finn Taylor and editor Rick LeCompte. A multi-media work originally commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University.
Two of today’s operatic superstars in concert together: lyric tenor Lawrence Brownlee, named 2017 Male Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards, and Metropolitan Opera regular bass-baritone Eric Owens, Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year, and artist in residence at Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, and the Washington National Opera. A not-to-be-missed program of operatic solos, duets, and spirituals.
The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble represent dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States. The Ensemble performs throughout the world, and has recorded six albums. Its Grammy Award-winning album, Sing Me Home was developed and recorded alongside the 2016 documentary feature The Music of Strangers. Presented by the Secrest Artist Series in conjunction with the 2019 Wake Forest University Silk Road Symposium.