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Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Dan Tepfer: Les Belles Chansons Françaises

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December 14, 2018 09:50 am

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON — Multiple Grammy Award–winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant returns to the Fisher Center for a special winter concert. Accompanied by Franco-American virtuoso pianist Dan Tepfer, Salvant presents the enchanting music of the French Songbook, from Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel to Serge Gainsbourg and more. A world–premiere performance presented in partnership with Catskill Jazz Factory, Les Belles Chansons Françaises will be performed on Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater. Tickets start at $25; for additional ticket information contact the Fisher Center box office at fishercenter.bard.edu or call 845-758-7900.

Jazz journalist Fred Kaplan, who profiled Salvant in The New Yorker, reports that she exhibits a wide emotional range in her music, on which she holds a masterly grasp. “Her blues are blue. Her swings swing,” Kaplan says, adding that Salvant digs into a song’s words like an actress. “She finds things in a lyric that other jazz singers kind of glide by,” he says. After having sold out previous concerts at the Fisher Center, Salvant will be performing for the first time with Tepfer, [CH1] [Office2] [Office3] who has made a name as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality, and drive; “a remarkable musician,” in the words of the Washington Post.

About the Artists:

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at age 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami.

Over the years, she has developed a curiosity for the history of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music. Cécile carefully chooses her repertoire, often unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong stories.

She performs in clubs, concert halls, and festivals. In 2014, her second album, WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records) was nominated for a Grammy.

The New York City–based Dan Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J. S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times).

About Bard Fisher Center

Bard College has distinguished itself as a leader in the field of liberal arts and sciences for more than 150 years by providing a first-rate undergraduate education for its students. The College is known for its pioneering ideas in education, its passionate commitment to the highest standards of artistic inquiry and practice, and for its vigorous advocacy of liberty, citizenship, individual dignity, and tolerance of differences.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by architect Frank Gehry, illustrates the commitment of the College to bringing performing artists of the highest rank to perform and work with its students, faculty, staff and the public. Bard Fisher Center creates moments that inspire curiosity, learning, and civic participation, believing that artists are uniquely able to lead discourse on the most urgent questions of our time, and that substantial, long-term investment in artistic innovation is vital to a well-balanced society. Bard Fisher Center’s programs in opera, dance, theater, music, jazz, and cabaret, along with its world-class facilities, provide an outstanding venue in which to create and learn.

Together these institutions provide an exceptional environment for artists to create and inspire students’ thinking and practice. As a central, multivenue arts platform in our region with a core program of a trailblazing global liberal arts college, Bard Fisher realizes Bard’s commitment to the arts as a cultural and educational right for all.