By Francisco Salazar
The 92nd Street Y, New York is set to present “Voice and the Violin” with violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martinez.
The evening is set to be presented on Oct. 20, 2022 at the Kaufmann Concert Hall. Bell, Martinez, and Peter Dugan will open the season with an array of arias, solos, and duets specially arranged for them. The concert will also be available for viewing online for 72 hours from time of broadcast.
The program will include music by Mendelssohn, Bloch, Massenet, Hérold, Chopin, Delibes, Rachmaninoff, Wienawski, Gimenez, Narciso Figueroa, and Bernstein.
In a statement, Martinez and Bell said, “Our concept for the ‘Voice and the Violin’ program began during the pandemic, while we were quarantined and finding new ways to collaborate and enjoy music together. Although finding repertoire written specifically for violin and voice can be a challenge, we discovered and fell in love with these gems featured in tonight’s performance. An example of this comes from one of Mendelssohn’s lesser-known works, ‘Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro’ from Infelice.
“It was wonderful to explore a work by one of our favorite composers that was originally written for this unique instrumentation. Another happy discovery was Hérold’s ‘Jours de mon enfance’ from the opera ‘Le pré aux clercs.’ This piece features exciting dialogue moments between the voice and the violin, making it especially fun for us to perform this piece together. Larisa is especially proud to showcase the song ‘Mi Rancho’ by Puerto Rican composer Narciso Figueroa, and lyrics by Luis Lloréns Torres, as a little gem from her homeland. Closing the performance is a medley based on Bernstein’s beloved ‘West Side Story’ suite, arranged by our friend Charles Czarnecki. Based on an earlier violin and orchestra arrangement of the suite, this piece now sparkles in a new light. We are so happy to see this project come to fruition and are thrilled to be performing it with our friend Peter Dugan.”