The Fusion Sessions: Jane Archibald Sings Mozart


Jane Archibald, soprano
Renaud Lapierre, leader/violin
Suzanne Lemieux, host

Symphony Nova Scotia musicians:
Karen Langille, Yi Lee, Grégor Monlun, Isabelle Fournier, Charna Matsushige, Ken Nogami, and Anne Simons, violin; Étienne Chénard and Yvonne DeRoller, viola; Rachel Desoer and Hilary Brown, cello; Max Kasper, bass; Brian James and Hamish Gordon, oboe; Gabe Azzie and Chris Palmer, bassoon; David Parker and Mary Lee, horn

On the Program:
W.A. Mozart: Dove sono, from The Marriage of Figaro
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Tan Dun: Peace and Blessing

After her beautiful, rave-reviewed online appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia musicians last fall, Halifax’s own star soprano Jane Archibald returns for an encore performance of exquisite, expressive music. Hear her sing W.A. Mozart’s bittersweet, passionate aria Dove sono, alongside famed Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Prayer and Blessing – an extraordinary, emotional new work written in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Plus, hear American composer George Walker’s Lyric for Strings – a haunting, poetic elegy that was originally written in memory of Walker’s grandmother, who escaped slavery in the American South. Over the past year, this masterpiece of sorrow and hope has become an international touchstone, gaining a reputation as “the perfect ode to our times … the only possible piece for the moment. It never loses the faith” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Finally, Jane sits down with host Suzanne Lemieux to answer your previously submitted questions!