Fri, January 12, 2018
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2018-01-12 7:30 pm
A Proust Sonata at Florence Gould Hall
Marcel Proust’s epic literary masterpiece comes to life in a stunning new production from Da Camera of Houston created by artistic director Sarah Rothenberg. Equal parts concert and theater, A Proust Sonata transforms music, painting and literature into a moving performance.
Excerpts from In Search of Lost Time and the memoirs of Proust’s housekeeper and confidant, Céleste Albaret, are interwoven with sound collage, paintings, photographs, and the music that inspired Proust to evoke the author's themes of memory and childhood as well as Parisian salons and his final reclusive years when he withdrew from society to complete his magnum opus.
“The queen of theater lighting,” (Politico) Jennifer Tipton sets the stage for an award-winning cast, including Obie-winning actor Henry Stram.
The performance features the music of Fauré, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven, Leon Delafosse, and Proust’s lover and artistic collaborator, Reynaldo Hahn.
"Its seven tableaux/movements echoing Remembrance’s seven volumes, A Proust Sonata is a dreamily evocative mood piece" — Classical Voice North America
"A remarkably thoughtful program of music that inspired Proust… the whole evening radiated uncommon care and intelligence." — The New York Times on Sarah Rothenberg’s Marcel Proust’s Paris
Cast & Creative Team
The Narrator/Marcel: Henry Stram
Tenor: Nicholas Phan
Celeste: Nancy Hume
Violinist: Boson Mo
String Quartet: Daedalus Quartet
Pianist: Sarah Rothenberg
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Set & Costume: Marina Draghici
Projection: Hannah Wasileski
Sound: Bart Fasbender
Scenario & Text Adaption: Sarah Rothenberg
Co-presented with Da Camera of Houston Productions
Florence Gould Hall, 22 East 60th Street