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Church Candles

Songs of Solace

University of Michigan Master's Recital, Britton Recital Hall
Paige Gadbois, Soprano and Lydia Qiu, piano
SATB Choir 


Dedicated not to those we've loved and lost, but to the ones they left behind. 


City Called Heaven, Arr. Norah Duncan IV

African American Spiritual

Le rossignol des lilas, Reynaldo Hahn

Die Nachtigall, Sieben frühe Lieder, Alban Berg

The Nightingale Charmed by the Rose, Four Romances, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

King David, Herbert Howells

Kdyz mne stará matka (Songs My Mother Taught Me), Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs), Antonín Dvořák

New Words from In the Beginning, Maury Yeston

Goodnight Moon, Eric Whitacre

Take My Mother Home, Honey and Rue, André Previn 

Richard Strauss:

Freundliche vision, Ich Schwebe, and Morgen

City Called Heaven, Arr. Josephine Poelinitz

African American Spiritual 

Program Note: 

This program, titled Songs of Solace, highlights the role of song in healing from loss, grief, and sorrow. I find a natural catharsis in the musical expression of such emotions. All relate in their own unique ways to these characters and stories, yet we’ve seen this music connect people from all walks of life. Love and loss are universal. Creating this program has been healing for me. I hope listening to it will be the same for you. If grief is naught but "love enduring", let this recital be an expression of love for all those we’ve loved and lost and a means of finding community with the ones they’ve left behind.

La finta giardiniera, W.A. Mozart

Opera Seme, Seminario Vescovile di Arezzo

Conductor: J Bradley Baker

Stage Director: Jen Stephenson

Photography: Gianluca Bennati 

Ellen Pool, Conductor

"Paige consistently prepared for rehearsals bringing a serious and intentional attitude to her work. As her voice grew, Paige understood she would have to listen constantly, especially in a small chamber ensemble, so that her voice would blend with the other singers in her section and in the ensemble.With focus and determination, she was invaluable as an exemplary ensemble member."

NATS Judges say:

“There is a beautiful, touching, preternatural sense of phrasing in this musician. She pays attention to the markings on the page.”

“This woman wants a singing career. She is very well studied.”

Rachael Gates, DMA

 "Paige has worked intelligently and with great commitment to growing as an artist. She inspired others in class to take risks and follow her example. I believe everyone runs to practice rooms after she performs."
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