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Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin & Clarinetist and Pianist Jenny Taira
Evening of Classical Music
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 8 PM
They will perform works by Liszt, Faurè, Sibelius, Puccini, Bizet, Gershwin, Leonard Cohen, Jeannine Tesori, and an original selection by Lauri Rubin and Jennifer Taira, as well as selections from Les Hugenots, West Side Story, Carousel, and Cats.
Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has received high praise from The New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini, who wrote that she possesses "compelling artistry," "communicative power," and that her voice displays "earthy, rich, and poignant qualities." Los Angeles Times special critic Josef Woodard has lauded Rubin’s "charismatic, multi-textured performance," stating that Laurie Rubin " seems to have an especially acute intuition about the power and subtleties of sound and she was a compelling force at the center of the music.
In October 2012, Seven Stories Press published Rubin’s memoir, Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight. Recounting her experiences from childhood through the rise of her career as an opera singer, Rubin shows how her determination to continually surpass and redefine others’ expectations, has enabled her to defy the naysayers who told her that she would never experience romance, have a real job, live independently, much less ski, design jewelry or fulfill her ambition to sing on stage. Although blindness is a low incidence disability, many people possess traits that make them different or that others may perceive as not normal. Rubin hopes the story of her "journey towards identity," will resonate with young people struggling with two fundamental questions: "Who am I?" and "Where do I fit in?"
Notes revered opera singer Frederica von Stade, “Do You Dream in Color? shows the same clarity, honesty, and devotion that Laurie has always had with her art. A wonderful book." And Dr. Pola Rosen, publisher of Education Update, raves “Laurie Rubin’s memoir should be required reading in that it underscores the triumph of the human spirit. Rubin serves as a role model for all of us, whether or not we face a disability.”
Clarinetist and pianist Jenny Taira has performed extensively throughout the United States and beyond. Career highlights include top prizes in the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Young Artist Competition and Kingsville International Competition, amd a solo performance with the Burbank Philharmonic. She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including a full fellowship to study at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.
As a composer, she is known in Hawaii and beyond for her work in several genres, including musical theater, pop and choral music. She composed the musical setting of the Buddhist recitation of the Golden Chain of Love, which was performed at the 2005 Honpa Hongwanji Choralfest, comprised of over 100 singers from all the Hawaiian islands conducted by master choral conductor Nola Nahulu.
She and singer Laurie Rubin recently branded as a pop duo, PureLand, and is songwriter and producer on their album, “Summer Night in Winter." Following the premiere of her first musical, “Peace On Your Wings,”based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki this Fall by the students of Ohana Arts, the show will tour the neighbor islands in the Spring of 2015. Jennifer is co-founder of Musique à la Mode Chamber Music Ensemble and the Music at the Bowery Series in Manhattans East Village.
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DISCOUNT PARKING Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.