jeu. 28 oct. | Sparrow Live

Home, Hope & Humanity

Mezzo- Soprano Sahar Hassan and pianist Lara Bolton collaborate to perform healing songs of comfort by Bonds, Beach, Bernstein, Barber and more.
Home, Hope & Humanity

Time & Location

28 oct., 19:30 UTC−5 – 28 nov., 23:59 UTC−6
Sparrow Live

About the Event

The project and collaboration's aim is to offer an uplifting balm for a deeply transitional time. Supportive and heart-centered, these songs reflect and balance the feelings of upheaval that can come with courage, growth, and rebirth. We present them in love and kindness towards our community, both local and universal.

This program was curated in a time of isolation during the pandemic.

The texts and music were chosen in reflection of what the world has experienced and

in gratitude for what we have been able to accomplish during this period. The human race is resilient. The world became smaller, as people reached out across continents and oceans to connect. New friendships were formed through many screens, where compassion and empathy for those who never knew each other was abundant. These meaningful connections are here to stay. Home, Hope and Humanity! Music to include songs of Margaret Bonds, Amy Beach, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Ricky Ian Gordon and more.

This concert was recorded at the beautiful St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Cameron Wiley, with assistance from Michael Demark.

Ladyslipper Ensemble is a Twin Cities classical music chamber group dedicated to uncovering lost works and introducing audiences to new & rarely heard pieces in intimate settings. We strive to usher you beyond the realm of tradition and break barriers between listeners and performers. We invite you to explore the unfamiliar! We bring people together under one roof to listen to the same music and do it in peace. Music makes us all equal.

About the Artists:

Egyptian American mezzo-soprano Sahar Hassan is as an opera singer, chamber musician,

oratorio soloist and the artistic director of the Twin Cities based Ladyslipper Ensemble. In 2022,

she will sing the role of Bianca in An Opera Theatre’s production, of “The Rape of Lucretia”.

Recent roles include the Witch in Imaginality Opera’s “Hansel and Gretel” and Venus in “La

Dafne” with Bold North Baroque Opera. Most recently, she was heard in Journey North Opera

Company’s program “Changing the Narrative”, bringing more awareness to misogyny in the arts.

Additionally, she has performed with Mill City Summer Opera and Out of the Box Opera. She is

a 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a

2020 Next Step Fund from MRAC and the McKnight Foundation. Her CD “The World’s

Highway” was released in 2019 on the Centaur label and featured on MNspin’s list. Ms. Hassan

has been on the voice faculties of New England Conservatory’s Division of Preparatory and

Continuing Education, Wellesley College, Phillips Exeter Academy, Salve Regina University,

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and McNally Smith College of Music.

Additionally, she has been a Teaching Artist with An Opera Theatre’s outreach program. She is a

certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Ms. Hassan earned a Bachelor of Science in French from California State University, Fresno and

a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, with

additional studies at the Conservatoire de Versailles in France and the Hochschule für Musik in

Munich, Germany.

Lara Bolton is a pianist, vocal coach, conductor, and arranger. Her work spans many different

genres, including classical, rock, jazz, and musical theater. In addition to maintaining an active

concert and recording career, she serves on the faculty at the University of Minnesota as a vocal

coach. She has created an innovative aria/soul/jazz synthesis project called Voxspex, which has

been produced in Minneapolis and New York and will be remounted in 2022. Ms. Bolton has

worked for San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera,

Washington Concert Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Quad Cities Symphony, Minnesota Opera,

Opera Santa Barbara, Out of the Box Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera Colorado, and Amarillo

Opera, the Jungle and Guthrie theaters, and Theater Latté Da. She was Head of Music for Mill

City Summer Opera and will conduct An Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of Britten’s The

Rape of Lucretia.

Ms. Bolton is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and has been a Domingo-Cafritz

Young Artist for the Washington National Opera. She also helped develop a Young Artist

Program for Opera Santa Barbara. In addition to having been a pianist for the Merola Opera

Program, she has also worked at the Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Festival, and

Interlochen Arts Camp. As an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy, she received a Bachelor of

Music Theory degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music in Collaborative

Piano from the University of Maryland-College Park.

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