Of River and Field

Tuesday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Saal at Home Moravian Church
Free Admission

Overview

Two chamber song cycles for piano, cello and voice that paint pictures of growing up in North Carolina and Tennessee: “Little River Songs” by Jennifer Higdon and “Through the Window” by Kenneth Frazelle. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tobacco fields, these songs look to nature to rediscover that which time has left behind.

Grace Anderson, cello; Andrea Moore, soprano; David Heid, piano

Program

Chanson d’Amour, op 21, no. 1                                  music by Amy Beach; poem by Victor Hugo

Text and translation here                                            

 

Little River Songs                                                       music and poems by Jennifer Higdon

  1. Little River
  2. Blue Smoke

 

Through the Window                                                  Music and poems by Kenneth Frazelle

  1.  Holly Ridge
  2. Heat
  3. Little Dog
  4. Piano
  5. Dog Interlude
  6. Graduation
  7. Through the Window
  8. Storefront Winda
  9. An Ending

Artist Bios

Grace Anderson, cellist

Praised for her “transforming performance” (CVNC), “boundless energy and rapier definition” (New York Concert Review) Juilliard graduate cellist Grace Anderson has established herself as a soloist and chamber musician with concerts throughout the Americas and Europe.  Highlights include concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center of New York City, Bargemusic in Brooklyn, the Kennedy Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Aspen International Festival, and concerts abroad in Canada, France, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands and Peru.

As a director and programmer, Grace has programmed concerts for the Reynolda House Museum for American Art in Winston Salem, and for 10 years before the pandemic directed the Triad Chamber Music concert series and the Young Performers Chamber Music Workshop.  As a frequent chamber music collaborator in North Carolina, Grace has performed at Mallamé Music, Music Carolina, Music for a Great Space, the Eastern Music Festival, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, East Carolina University, Queens University of Charlotte and Wake Forest University.

In the 2023-24 season, Grace had performed as soloist with the National University Orchestra in Arequipa, Peru.  Last month, in April she along with Charlotte Symphony cellist Alan Black performed the complete Bach Solo Cello Suites in Germany, as part of WDAV’s tour In the Footsteps of Bach.  On thi tour, Grace performed in places where Bach had worked and lived, including the Köthen Castle, Divi-Blasii Church in Mulhausen and the historical St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

David Heid, pianist

David Heid comes to North Carolina after a successful career in New York City as a vocal coach and accompanist.  Also an arranger and conductor, he made his Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1994.  In the summer of 1997, he made his first international appearance performing at both the Darling Harbor Convention Center and the historic Towne Hall in Sydney Australia.  His coaching clients include past Grammy, Tony and MAC Awards winners.

David is currently on the faculty at Duke University where he is the Director of Duke Opera Theater as well as serving on the piano faculty, working with singers and teaching a class in collaborative piano.  He is in demand throughout the region as a collaborative artist and has worked with many of the area’s leading organizations including the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, Mallarmé Chamber Players, Opera Wilmington, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Duke Symphony, Durham Chorale Society, Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Theater in the Park, Thompson Theater Summerfest, Long Leaf Opera and Triangle Opera.  He was previously on staff of the renowned Juilliard School in New York City. 

He has had a lengthy career as a collaborative pianist enjoying work with generations of leading singers.  Among the artists he has worked with previously include Susan Dunn, Adria Firestone, Marisa Galvany, Carolyn James, William Stone and Christine Weidinger.  He has also performed with artists currently appearing in major venues around the world such as Leah Hawkins, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Janinah Burnett, Mario Chang, Lisa Chavez, Timothy Murray, Jason Karn, Andrea Moore, LaToya Lain and cellist Bonnie Thron.

David has been privileged to serve as pianist for masterclasses given by legendary performers such as Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma and Simon Estes.  As a clinician, he has taught classes at numerous schools including Mercyhurst University, SUNY Fredonia, UNC Pembroke and the Durham Music Teachers Association as well as serving as a judge for the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition.

Andrea Edith Moore “wows audiences with her powerful and flexible soprano voice, her acting ability, and her dedication and drive” (CVNC). Andrea enjoys a range of collaborations with companies and artists including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gerhardt Zimmermann, David Zinman, Eighth Blackbird, tap-dancer Michelle Dorrance, North Carolina Opera and more.

Equally at home in the music of our time and of the distant past, she has starred in roles ranging from The Countess to Sara in Higdon’s Cold Mountain. 

Andrea’s commitment to voices from her home state of North Carolina has led her to commission and premiere works by Kenneth Frazelle, Allen Anderson, Robert Ward, and numerous others. She developed, premiered and recorded Daniel Thomas Davis’s Family Secrets: Kith and Kin, “a major new work [and] fascinating new chamber opera.” (Fanfare Magazine) 

Andrea sings with “reverence and great tenderness” (American Record Guide) on her sophomore album Searching the Heart, featuring four contemporary American composers released this year on Composer’s Concordance Records. “Moore inhabits these songs thoroughly and sings them with a glowing voice.” (American Record Guide)

Andrea is a prizewinner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was a fellow at the Blackbird Creative Lab and has twice received the Yale School of Music Alumni Award. She holds degrees from Yale University, Peabody Conservatory and UNCSA.