Laurie Rubin Recital - World Premiere "Light of the Senses" by Michael Isaacson

Laurie Rubin, mezzo=soprano, in recital
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA 91436

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom present

LAURIE RUBIN, mezzo-soprano

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"



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

            1. Poet

            2. Composer

            3. Pianist

            4. Singer





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)