Unfortunatey, Renée Fleming has COVID and must reschedule her performance, originally scheduled for Sunday, November 12 at 5pm. The performance has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 5pm at Symphony Hall.
Tickets purchased for the original concert date will be reserved for the rescheduled event and will not be reprinted. If you hold tickets for November 12 and wish to attend the February concert, no action is needed at this time.
A message from Renée Fleming:
I am so disappointed to have to report that I tested positive for Covid this morning. My symptoms are mild, and I have no doubt I will be 100% again shortly; but respecting protocols, my Celebrity Series recital with the brilliant Inon Barnatan can’t go forward this Sunday at Symphony Hall. In a rare bit of scheduling good fortune, Inon, Symphony Hall, and I are all available on February 4th. I look forward to seeing you then and sharing this program that we’re so excited about. Thank you for your understanding!
Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Honored with five Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, she is an icon who has shared her voice with the world on notable occasions, from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Super Bowl.
Alongside pianist Inon Barnatan, Fleming presents the Boston premiere of an all-new program inspired by her 2022 Grammy Award-winning album, Voice of Nature: the Anthropocene. This special multimedia performance spans the classical, romantic, and contemporary eras, with beloved songs and new commissions exploring nature as both inspiration to and victim of humanity.
For the performance's second half, the National Geographic Society provides an original video, with awe-inspiring glimpses at the creatures, plants, and landscapes of our planet to accompany the musical selections. The footage pairs with selections by Handel and Rachmaninoff, and contemporary composers Maria Schneider, Nico Muhly, Kevin Puts (The Hours), Björk, and Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings film scores).
Don’t miss an evening of vocal artistry and awe-inspiring film with one of the great voices and arts ambassadors of our time!
This performance offers projected translations for works not in English and original texts for works in English.
Production photos: Peter Smith Photography, courtesy of University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
One intermission between Part 1 and Part 2
Caroline Shaw “Aurora Borealis”
Gabriel Fauré “Au bord de l’eau”
Gabriel Fauré “Les berceaux”
Maurice Ravel “Jeux d’eau”
Franz Liszt “S’il est un charmant gazon”
Franz Liszt “Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh”
Edvard Grieg “Lauf der Welt”
Edvard Grieg “Zur Rosenzeit”
Jerome Kern “All the Things You Are”
Hazel Dickens “Pretty bird”
George Frideric Handel “Care selve,” aria from Atalanta, HWV 35
Nico Muhly “Endless Space”
Joseph Canteloube “Baïléro”
Maria Schneider “Our Finch Feeder” from Winter Morning Walks
Björk “All is Full of Love”
Sergei Rachmaninoff “Presto” from Moments Musicaux, Op. 16, no. 4 (solo piano)
Howard Shore “Twilight and Shadow” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Kevin Puts “Evening”
Burt Bacharach / Hal David “What the World Needs Now is Love”
“Fleming clearly appreciates some glamour and sparkle in her onstage attire — Sunday’s program insert credited the designers of her voluminous green gown and geometric jewelry — but as soon as she opened her mouth, the radiance of her voice outshone all else. Sincerity undergirded every phrase she sang, and it was possible to forget that she was singing generations-old poems.”A.Z. Madonna The Boston Globe, 8/14/2023
“America’s soprano of choice””The New York Times