PREformances™ with Allison Charney and Benjamin Loeb
Season of Hope, Ep 1: Pianist Benjamin Loeb joins series host, soprano Allison Charney, discussing and performing works by Joplin, Arlen, Weill and Nazareth and exploring the theme of hope – a commodity that feels hard to come by in our current world.
Gladiolus Rag – Scott Joplin
Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen
My Ship – Kurt Weill
Vem ća, branqhinha – Ernesto Nazareth
Zueignung – Richard Strauss
In its pre-pandemic live incarnation – the innovative classical concert series PREFORMANCES™ with Allison Charney invited audiences to experience celebrated classical musicians in anticipation of their upcoming engagements on the world’s most prestigious stages. Now that live classical music has all but stopped, thus curtailing any upcoming engagements, acclaimed opera singer and series founder and host, Allison Charney, asks the existential question: If classical musicians are playing music but there’s no one there to hear it, have they really made music?
Her answer: Not without an audience.
Enter PREFORMANCES™: Season of Hope and the historic Town Hall
In this seven-episode concert and conversation series, Charney continues the PREFORMANCES™ mission of blurring the traditional barriers which exist between classical musicians and their audiences by providing an intimate and personal glimpse into top-level artists’ practices along with her signature “un-Google-able” insights – all with a focus on the series’ theme of hope. In addition, Allison and her guests will perform multiple musical selections on each episode. New episodes will air on Thursday nights at 7pm eastern and be followed by a live-but-virtual meet and greet with Charney, Town Hall Artistic Director, Melay Araya and several of the esteemed guest artists. Admission is free; but registration is required.
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