Open Space: Open Heart (Video)
International opera soprano Laquita Mitchell and Grammy Award-nominated pianist Myra Huang presented a musical offering full of healing energy for the world only a few days after the United States’ historic 2020 election on November 7th.
The program featured an extraordinary piece by Mozart "Ch'io mi scordi di te? ... Non temer, amato bene" (Will I forget you? ... Fear not, beloved) written for Nancy Storace, a close friend of Mozart, which prompted an unusual personal note by the composer on his catalog that it was “for Mlle Storace and me.” The piece features a rich dialogue, between the voice and piano, both parts deeply expressive and demanding.
Reflecting on and processing the current collective struggle for equity in America, Laquita and Myra also performed works by Margaret Bond and Florence Price, both African American female composers. Bond’s “Dream Variations” is based on a poem with the same name by Langston Hughes with whom the composer collaborated frequently with. These pieces also spoke poignantly to the election of the first female Black, South Asian, immigrant-born vice president Kamala Harris which took place on the same day as the concert.
This is an edited recording of the performance that was live-streamed from a beautiful home in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It will be available for purchase and to view until Thursday, November 19th, 11:59 PM EST.