LA Opera presents Renée Fleming in recital (February 6)
Ms. Fleming also joins LA Opera and USC collaboration: Music as Medicine
(Los Angeles) January 24, 2018 — LA Opera will present one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, superstar soprano Renée Fleming, who will return to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a recital with pianist Hartmut Höll at 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. In addition, on February 5, Ms. Fleming will help launch LA Opera's Music and the Mind/LA, a program that explores and educates people about the benefits of music to one's health.
About Renée Fleming
In 2013, President Obama awarded Renée Fleming America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award (her fourth) for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
Ms. Fleming has recorded everything from complete operas, orchestral works and classical songs to jazz, indie rock and the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings. She is also featured prominently on the soundtracks of The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which both received Academy Award nominations for Original Score yesterday. In 2017, she launched an ongoing collaboration between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health, in association with the NEA, called Sound Health, focused on the intersections of music, health and neuroscience. In just a few weeks, she will make her Broadway musical debut in a major new production of Carousel.
For the February 6 recital, Ms. Fleming will be joined by the celebrated German pianist Hartmut Höll, with whom she has collaborated for more than two decades. For the first time at a recital presented by LA Opera, the performance will feature projected English texts and translations. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90012.
Ms. Fleming will perform classic songs by Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré, Oscar Straus and Antonín Dvořák as well as arias from operas by George Frideric Handel, Rufus Wainwright and the "Song to the Moon" from Dvořák's Rusalka. Ms. Fleming will also pay tribute to the late Barbara Cook with Broadway songs from The Music Man and The King and I. The program will also include songs by Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Tickets are on sale now. Tickets begin at $24 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.
Music as Medicine
Inspired by Sound Health, Renée Fleming has been giving Music and the Mind presentations around the country, exploring the intersection of music and neuroscience and raising awareness of music’s therapeutic potential in healthcare settings. On February 5, Ms. Fleming will bring Music and the Mind to Los Angeles, as part of LA Opera’s ongoing commitment to serving the healthcare and wellness communities.
Ms. Fleming will spend the day in Los Angeles meeting with medical science leaders, students and arts providers, to explore exciting collaborative developments and possible partnerships between the worlds of music and medicine. The day will culminate in a public event at the University of Southern California, Music as Medicine: Renée Fleming and Antonio Damasio in Conversation, presented as part of the Provost's Series on Wicked Problems. USC Provost Michael Quick will introduce a forward-thinking discussion with Ms. Fleming, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and LA Opera President and CEO Christopher Koelsch about the connections between music and the brain—and the very real possibility that music is part of the solution to intractable problems like chronic pain and cancer.
The discussion, which will be interwoven with musical performances by singers from LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, will take place at 7pm on Monday, February 5, at Bovard Auditorium (3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089). Admission is free, but reservations are required; click here to learn more. This event is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative in partnership with LA Opera. Co-sponsored by the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.
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