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Exclusive Premiere Event - Mark Landson’s Robert Frost Song Cycle, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Mark Landson’s Robert Frost Song Cycle Premiere
Nina Polachek, soprano & Misha Berestnev, piano

Special exclusive premiere of Mark Landson’s new set of songs using Robert Frost’s poetry.


Past Events

Sun

Aug

8

2021

Leila Bakery and Cafe  (info)
7pm in Dallas, TX
By Invitation/$100/$25

6041 Oram Street, DallasTX75206 | map | web

Watch the video on the project, then...
To attend in person,
Donate $100 on GoFundMe
To attend virtually, Donate $25 on GoFundMe
Help bring this music to a wide audience by supporting the project.

Watch the video on the project, then...
To attend in person,
Donate $100 on GoFundMe
To attend virtually, Donate $25 on GoFundMe
Help bring this music to a wide audience by supporting the project.

Watch the video on the project, then...
To attend in person,
Donate $100 on GoFundMe
To attend virtually, Donate $25 on GoFundMe
Help bring this music to a wide audience by supporting the project.

PREMIERE PERFORMANCE
Aug 8, 2021 at 7pm in Dallas, TX or via private livestream video
Nina Polachek, soprano & Misha Berestnev, piano
At Leila Bakery 6041 Oram St., Dallas
6PM Reception - drinks and hors d'oeuvres served, catered by Leila

HOW TO ATTEND
Donate to the project on GoFundMe

The top 30 donors will be invited to attend the premiere in person.
(Update - Top 30 are all at $100+. There are a few seats still available)
Attendance is assured with a donation of $100+
Livestream provided for donations of $25+
Here's the Livestream Link
(password sent on donation to project above)


GIFTS for SUPPORTERS
$10+ Download the premiere recording made of this work
$25+ Receive a booklet with lyrics and inside insight into the work
$30+ Receive a digital score of the work
$50+ Receive a physical score of the work
$100+ Receive a signed physical score of the work

ABOUT THE PROJECT
From Mark Landson, Director of Open Classical and the Composer of this project:
Robert Frost is America’s greatest and most beloved poet. His verses are taught as an integral part of the canon of American poetry.

During his lifetime Frost allowed only one composer to set his poetry to music, fellow New Englander Randall Thompson. Frost hated the work so much that he declared he would never allow his poetry to be set to music again. Frost died in 1963 at the age of 88, but the heirs of his estate have abided by his wishes, even refusing famed composer Eric Whitaker after a work had been written and premiered in the year 2000.

In the last few years, however, most of Frost’s most famous works have finally entered into the public domain. And that means that art songs can finally be legally created using his incredible text.

Seeing this opportunity, a couple of years ago I began researching the Frost catalogue, searching for poems that I could combine into a fully integrated major work. The result is a new song cycle, completed during the Covid pandemic, called “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, a set of seven songs for voice and piano with text by Robert Frost.

I consider it to be one of the finest works I’ve ever written.

This work will be premiered in Dallas TX on August 8, 2021 at 7PM by the wonderful soprano Nina Polachek with Misha Berestnev on piano.

This campaign will raise money for concerts of the work, promotion of the work, and recordings of the work, which will be accomplished through my organization Open Classical, which produces about 150 events per year.

The top 30 donors to this campaign who are able will be invited to attend the premiere in person. If you donate $100, you can lock in your attendance and not have to wait to find out if you’re one of the top 30. The premier will be live-streamed to all others donating over $25.

 

PROGRAM

“Prayer” by Mark Landson
Mark Landson, violin, Misha Berestnev, piano

“St. George Suite” from the ballet “Le Mozart Noir”
on the life of the extraordinary Chevalier de St. George

by Mark Landson
Mark Landson, violin, Misha Berestnev, piano

I. Rondeau
II. Romance
III. Minuet
IV. Chase
V. Lament
VI. March
VII. Reminiscence

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Seven songs for voice and piano with text by Robert Frost
by Mark Landson
Nina Polachek, soprano
Misha Berestnev, piano
(click links below for lyrics)

1 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
2 The Road Not Taken
3 The Secret Sits
4 Fire and Ice
5 Acquainted with the Night
6 Mending Wall
7 Nothing Gold Can Stay


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