Baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan return to the Arizona Senior Academy for the fifth time at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 22). The collaborative artists’ recital will focus on the theme “Man is for the Woman Made.”
In describing the multiple roles and images of women in the world, Fan writes: “Object of admiration, adoration and yearning; Seductress, muse and inspiration; Refuge and comfort; Playmate and partner; Diversion and irritation? Without her the musical repertoire would be much poorer and the world unpopulated. But what does she really think about all this?”
The duo will present a “Hymn to our lady in words and music, … in a joint exploration of the complex relationship between Mr. and Mrs.” The program will include works by Suess, Clara Schumann, Germaine Taillefaire, Debussy, Faure, Britten and Steptoe.
Williams, a Welshman, has a world-wide reputation as a skilled crafter of art songs, especially of recent vintage, as well as an operatic and oratorio performer.
A consummate collaborative pianist, Fan is a UA Regent’s Professor Emerita and a frequent visitor to the ASA. The duo have toured throughout the world giving joint recitals and have recorded extensively.
Both Williams and Fan intersperse interesting stories and information in their programs and enjoy interacting with ASA audiences. As usual, the program will be held in the Great Room of the ASA Building.
Written by Dennis Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer