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69. Joshua Stewart, Deirdre Brenner: American Song

28 October 2022, 13:00 - 14:00



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Joshua Stewart's and Deirdre Brenner's appearance last year was picked as a highlight in The Guardian Festival roundup, and we are delighted to welcome them back. They continue an exploration of the rich history of American artsong, with a focus on African-American composers, including performances of songs by H. Leslie Adams and Florence price.

Below, you can watch a short extract of Joshua and Deirdre's 2021 Festival performance of Adolphus Hailstork's 'Decisions', from his cycle Songs of Love and Justice, setting the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Fiona Maddocks's review in The Guardian wrote: "When Stewart uttered “justice” at the top of his considerable and powerful voice, that ringing note may or may not have shaken the rafters of St John the Evangelist church, but it surely rattled the conscience of anyone listening."


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The event duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


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Artist Portrait

Joshua Stewart

Joshua Stewart


American tenor, Joshua Stewart, begins Season 2019-20 as tenor soloist in Tippett’s A Child of our Time with CBSO under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla on tour in the UK and in Germany, following performances last season in Paris. He travels to the US to appear with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Das Paradies und die Peri under the baton of Paolo Bortolameolli, and remains to revive the title role Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, an American opera based on the life of the legendary jazz saxophonist, at both Seattle Opera and New Or... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Deirdre Brenner

Deirdre Brenner


Pianist Deirdre Brenner has performed throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. A musician with a passion for chamber music and art song, she has given recitals in venues including the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Kozerthaus, Wiener Volksoper, The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Teatro Real (Madrid), Philharmonie Essen, Stadthalle (Bayreuth), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), and the Hollywell Music Room (Oxford). Deirdre has performed at festivals including the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aix-en-Provence F... Read Full Biography


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This event is part of a series:

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