The concluding concert of the CAIC Collaborative Works Festiva, presented in partnership with the Logan Center for the Arts in the building’s Performance Penthouse will explore settings of the poetry of Verlaine and others of his Symbolist contemporaries, including Debussy’s close friend, Pierre Louÿs; the inventor and poet Charles Cros; and Verlaine’s infamous lover, Arthur Rimbaud. The Chicago-based Spektral Quartet will join CAIC Artistic Director Nicholas Phan and pianist Scott Allen Jarrett for a performance of the rarely-performed piano quintet version of Gabriel Fauré’s pivotal song cycle, La bonne chanson. Mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor will join the piano quintet for Ernest Chausson’s last composition before his untimely death, Chanson perpétuelle, and will also perform Claude Debussy’s song cycle, Chansons de Bilitis.
The New York Times singled out O’Connor’s recent performance of the Debussy cycle at Carnegie Hall as a highlight, raving: “Her coffee-colored voice — elegantly focused, with a touch of earth — is both direct and insinuating, appropriate for the subtle surrealism of Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis.” The concert will end with some of the popular Monégasque singer-songwriter Léo Ferré’s settings of Rimbaud and Verlaine’s poetry, arranged by Chicago-based conductor Doug Peck.
Tickets: General $35 / Senior $30 / Student $15