Lowertown Listening Session
The Dream Songs Project
March 7, 2019
6 p.m. music, 5:30 p.m. doors open
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
Join The Dream Songs Project (Alyssa Anderson, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Spoelstra, guitar) and composer Joshua Weinberg for a preview and discussion of a new song cycle by Weinberg. Set to premiere March 8-9, the new song cycle for TDSP is a setting of poetry from T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.
Lowertown Listening Sessions invite curious listeners to enjoy adventurous sounds and insightful conversation with the music-makers of our time. Held at Studio Z, Zeitgeist’s performance space in Lowertown St. Paul, this monthly happy hour series brings guest artists from all genres of new music (jazz, classical, world music, folk, and more) for performances and informal discussion in an after-work setting with food and beverages from Lowertown eateries.
Since forming in 2010, the dream songs project has engaged audiences across the Midwest through performances of a wide range of repertoire spanning from Renaissance lute songs to Romantic arias, 20th century masterpieces, and newly commissioned music. TDSP's artistic mission is to entertain and educate while bringing together performers, audiences, and composers through high quality chamber music concerts.
TDSP has self-produced numerous chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., and has been invited to perform for the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Minnesota Guitar Society Local Artist Series, Farley's House of Pianos Concert Series, Thursday Musical Artist Series, Friday Noon Musicale, Macalester College Noon Concert Series, the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series, and Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret.
In 2011, TDSP released its first recording, Mauro Giuliani: Songs for Voice and Guitar, which includes the classical composer's well-known op. 89 Sechs Lieder, the operatic op. 95 Sei Ariette, and his rarely heard op. 13 Trois Romances. This recording has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and several public radio broadcasts in Wisconsin, and was described by MPR host Steve Staruch as "superb" and"clean and colorful." They can also be heard on the 2018 Centaur Records release of works by Justin Rubin, Variations on Life & Loss.
The ensemble is currently working on a recording of contemporary voice and guitar music by Minnesota composers, featuring works by Daniel Nass, Christopher Gable, and Katherine Bergman. This recording will be released in 2019.
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