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Utopian Dream: Gallery & Recitals Exploring Luciano Berio's Folk Songs

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

University Center, UL102 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Contemporary Italian composer Luciano Berio wrote his Folk Songs (1964) with the goal of bridging the gap between folk songs and classical music. He called the piece a realization of his "utopian dream." Not only did he merge musical genres in this work, but the pieces were also a merging of cultures—including traditional folk tunes from eight different cultures.

These events will include performances of the Folk Songs in a gallery that reflects the eight cultures represented in the songs. The gallery is tailored to interact with the music, celebrating each culture's unique history and traditions while illuminating cross-cultural themes and commonalities in the human experience.

Folk Songs:
Black is the color of my true love's hair - USA
I wonder as I wander - USA
Loosin Yelav - Armenia
Rossignolet du Bois - France 
A la femminisca - Sicily
La Donna Ideale - Italy
Ballo - Italy
Motettu de tristura - Sardinia
Malurous qu'o uno fenno - Auvergne
Lo Fiolaire - Auvergne
Azerbaijan Love Song - Azerbaijan

Performed by:
Melissa Panlasigui- conductor
Caitlin Mead- soprano
Blair Francis- flute
Kristina Teuschler- clarinet
David Derrico- viola
Samuel Pierce-Ruhland- cello
Jess Tsang- percussion
Brian Shank- percussion
Kate Sloat- harp

Including works by Basil Alkazzi, Grace Carol Bomer, Michel Brugerolles, Carlo Maria Mariani, Yevgine Martirosyan, Max Pellegrini, Shahin Shikhaliyev and Enzo Rovella.

Curated by:
Lydia Terillo and Caitlin Mead

This event is made possible by the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award from the Alsop Family Foundation. AFF was created “to encourage and support entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative approaches to classical music by individual artists and orchestras, with a special focus on American music and young artists.”

Event Type

Music Performances, Exhibitions and Openings


General Public


Art and Design, Performing Arts


College of Performing Arts, Mannes School of Music


Fine Arts, Music, Classical Music


$10 general admission; $5 students for performances

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