Jenni Brandon’s “Love Songs for Oboe and Soprano” Performance in Bellingham, WA

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Jenni Brandon’s  “Love Songs for Oboe and Soprano” is performed by the Bellingham Chamber Music Society. The performance is on Saturday, March 2, 2019 7:30 Pm 9:00 Pm at First Congregational Church Of Bellingham’ 2401 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA, 98225 

Bellingham Chamber Music Society celebrates Women’s History Month by highlighting the works of 20th and 21st century American women composers for soprano and chamber ensemble. Soloist Sherrie Kahn, supported by some of Bellingham’s best women musicians, will perform a program of new and old works by American women. Program includes: “Love Songs for Oboe and Sopranoby Jenni Brandon,  Duo for Oboe and Clarinet by Marion Bauer, “Shakespeare Songs” by Lesley Sommer, “Lullaby of the Whippoorwill,” “Nest Egg Trio” and “The Cuckoo and the Cowbird” by Sarah Mattox, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for soprano, flute and piano by Louise Talma. Featuring Sherrie Kahn, soprano; and friends!

Love Songs, Jenni said “are the texts – translations of Native American words – I chose to tell a story of the Native American woman – a story that she might tell to her child while she rocked the child to sleep. It is a story that I feel can be universally understood, but points to the strength of not only the Native American woman, but to the strength of all women to persevere, to raise children and to keep community strong against all odds.  It is a “love song” in that it goes beyond just romantic love but tells of love for a child and love of the land. Love Songs was premiered at Ball State University by Aryn Day Sweeney-oboe and Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn-soprano in March 2014.