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Live from WRTI's Performance Studio: A Spiritual Journey with Daedalus Quartet & Soprano Karen Slack

Listen to the renowned Daedalus Quartet and Metropolitan Opera soprano Karen Slack, praised for her “voice of extraordinary beauty," perform highlights from their upcoming concert at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder is host.

Watch the live performance on WRTI's Facebook page here.


Traditional, arranged Nansi Carroll: “Steal Away”

Sofia Gubaidulina: Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H (excerpt)

Osvaldo Golijov: Yiddishbuk (excerpt of first movement)

Traditional, arranged Nansi Carroll: “Wade in the Water”

“Spiritual Journey” is part of a special project that the Daedalus, quartet-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed around the theme "Music and Migration." Their program shows the richness and complexity that occurs when music from different cultures converge. The concert is on January 25th at 7:30 PM, Anneneberg Center for the Performing Arts, Prince Theater.

They’ll perform Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H, a 2019 work by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina and Yiddishbuk, a 1992 work by Argentinian-American composer Osvaldo Golijov that was inspired by paintings and poetry of three children held captive by the Nazis at Terezin.

Soprano Karen Slack, who sings the role of Serena in the Metropolitan Opera’s current production of Porgy and Bess and who performed as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra in Hannibal Lokoumbe’s Healing Tones last season, will join the quartet for new arrangements of African-American spirituals by American composer Nansi Carroll, who joins the group for commentary as well.

Make sure to tune in for this intriguing and thought-provoking “Spiritual Journey.”

Debra's last day on the air at WRTI was September 21st, 2021. She's now the radio host for The Metropolitan Opera. Read more here.