Thursday, May 10, 2012

Welcome to the Helena Pierrot Project Website!

My name is Heather Barnes, I am a soprano and  I am from Toronto, Canada.  Five years ago my husband and I moved to Helena, Montana where he took a job as a professor.

In early December, 2012, I was browsing the internet and I discovered that next fall marks the 100 year anniversary of the first performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.  I thought, "I have to do this, I have to put together a performance of Pierrot Lunaire in Helena, Montana.  It is such an important piece."  I contacted some of Helena's wonderful musicians and academic and they agreed to join me in the project!

Helena, Montana, has a population of just under 30,000 and a very vibrant arts community.  We have the Archie Bray Foundation (for ceramic arts), the Helena Symphony Orchestra (which has really exciting programming, example: their May 2012 performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 -the symphony of a thousand), the Holter Museum (a beautiful contemporary art museum), Musikanten Montana (which presents the Montana Early Music Festival every year), Ballet Montana (Montana's professional ballet company),  and the list goes on!  I was so happy upon moving here to find such support of the arts.

Pierrot Lunaire is an important piece musically and came out of an important time historically.  I think it is very important to address the time and context the piece came from.  There will be lectures by a historian, a philosopher and a composer, each addressing how the piece came to be and how the piece impacted music that came in the future.  Following the lecture will be the performance of the piece and then a question and answer session.

Follow this blog to learn about each or the lecturers and musicians involved!

-Heather Barnes