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Ernest Krysty, veteran of programs on Drinking Songs, Melodies, Shakespeare, Shostakovich, Christmas, Aging (not the VRCS), and Modern English Art Songs (November, 2014), is assembling a program of Duets. “This is different”, he says. “I have LPs and CDs of duets by twenty different composers, but the notes have almost no information on duets in general. Oddly, they all mention drawing rooms. Apparently, the ratio of duets to solo songs peaked during the time of Mendelssohn and Schumann. Duets were in demand for domestic consumption. There is an ideal here. But I’m not even sure what a drawing room is!”
Drawing rooms have gone the way of home pianos, fountain pens, 78s, and reputable politicians. We no longer need any of those things because we have our smartphones. Join Ernest for a nostalgic look back at an impoverished time that was full of unnecessary things that we no longer need.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 (THE FIRST FRIDAY) TIME: 7:45PM SHARP
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