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Fresh Inklings: Composer/Performers Play New Works

$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 7:30pm / Doors 7pm

Violinist/composer Francine Trester and pianist/composer Eric Sawyer will be joined by soprano Kristen Watson in a performance of original music and lyrics The composers will play two duos, Sawyer’s Young Inklings and Trester’s Israfel. Two recent song cycles with lyrics by the composers will also be introduced, Trester’s Artsonia and Sawyer’s Thirteen Popular Songs (selections). Rounding out the program will be a new piano work written for Sawyer by John McDonald, faculty of Tufts University. 

Trester is a prolific composer of vocal and instrumental music, whose recent works include the chamber opera 334 Bunnies and At the River, a vocal/orchestral work performed at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. Sawyer is known to New England audiences through the performances of his operas The Scarlet ProfessorThe Garden of Martyrs, and Our American Cousin. Kristen Watson is a member of the acclaimed Emmanuel Music, and performs widely in New England as soloist and in stage roles, including recently as the Doctor in The Scarlet Professor

Projected images are creations of Trester’s 8-year-old daughter Chloë Carrano. Trester’s song cycle provides a commentary on Chloë's paintings and the master paintings on which they are based.