Laurie Rubin Recital - World Premiere "Light of the Senses" by Michael Isaacson
The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom present
LAURIE RUBIN, mezzo-soprano
JENNIFER TAIRA, piano
in a recital of old, new, and familiar songs
World Premiere – Light of the Senses
a Song Cycle by Michael Isaacson
Monday, March 2, 2015
7:30 PM at Valley Beth Shalom
Admission: $10 advance reservations - $15 at the door
For reservations, call Valley Beth Shalom (818) 788-6000.
Reservations close at 12 noon on Friday, February 27th.
LAURIE RUBIN was educated and became a Bat Mitzvah at Valley Beth Shalom.
Blind from birth, she has overcome countless obstacles to emerge to an
exciting career in opera and in the recital hall.
Text of "Light of the Senses"
LIGHT OF THE SENSES
Poems by Nick Gordon
I write about a world I cannot see
In images that are part fantasy,
Drawn from other senses that I use
As both my passionate eyes and choral muse.
None sees the world unfiltered through the mind.
Mine is no less lovely, though I'm blind.
I do not need to see or even hear,
But with a well-trained mental eye and ear,
I have an orchestra that plays within,
Ready every moment to begin.
The music issues forth like God's first light,
Filling with its radiance my night.
The melody is no more sound than touch.
My fingers sing; I press the keys with such
Grace as I can hear within my heart.
So beautiful to be consumed by art!
Though vision might be wonderful, I know
That I am who I am only so.
Each note is like a moonbeam in the night,
More visible in darkness than in light.
You sing with closed eyes; I must sing with none.
Yet equally we would shut out the sun.
For music, like one's passion, seems to be
Purer when there's nothing one can see.
O Mio Babbino Carofrom GIANNI SCHICCHI Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Habanera from CARMEN Georges Bizet (1835-1875)
Nobles Seigneurs! Salut!from LES HUGENOTS Jacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)
Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Var det en drom?
Light Of The Senses Music by Michael Isaacson (B. 1946)
Poems by Nicholas Gordon (B. 19400
Someone to Watch Over Me George Gershwin (1898-1937)
You’ll Never Walk Alonefrom CAROUSEL Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)
Memoryfrom CATS Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)
The Girl I Am Music by Jennifer Taira (b. 1979)
Lyrics by Laurie Rubin (b. 1978)
The Girl in 14G Jeanine Tesori ((b. 1961)
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen (b. 1934)