Created and directed by IN Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson, Chronicle of a Life and Love weaves together songs from Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben with Shalom Auslander’s essay “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.”
With the struggles of 2020 giving way to a more hopeful future, Chronicle of a Life and Love reflects on finding the value of life in the midst of death; Schumann’s seminal song cycle gives voice to a lifetime of love and loss, while Auslander’s droll, unflinching essay about the loss of his young neighbor, his Baba, and his Zaida, examines the ever-changing terrain of grief.
Initially conceived and created as a film, IN Series presents Chronicle of a Life and Love as a live performance, featuring mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Mondragon, actor Noah Mitchel, and pianist Robert Ainsley.
La Nona Kanta is a tale of survival and courage with particular relevance in today’s turbulent world. The program is a celebration of the life and work of Flory Altarac Jagoda, the National Heritage Award-winning, Borsian-born Sephardic singer and composer, with live music byu Susan Gaeta, Tina Chancey and Howard Bass of the ensemble Trio Sephardi.
In filmed interviews, Flory tells the true story of how music helped her escape from Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia when she was a teenager; how she made a life in the United States; and how she turned the tragic fate of her family and Balkan Sephardic culture into a celebration of five centuries of faith and tradition, giving meaning to the rest of her life, and delighting audiences worldwide.
Presented in collaboration with the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Seth Kibel and his musical cohorts will take audience members on a swingin’ trip through the repertoire of America’s greatest songwriting team. You’ll be treated to lively renditions of familiar favorites as well as a few less well-known compositions from George and Ira Gershwin.
As always, historical commentary from Kibel will provide context and insight into these timeless works of popular song which continue to influence music worldwide to this very day.
Seth Kibel: clarinet, saxophone, flute
Sean Lane: piano
Bob Abbott: double bass
Nick Ruggieri: drums
Flo Anito: vocals
Nataly Merezhuk: violin