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Building Bridges, Not Walls | David Small, baritone | Faculty Artist Recital

Wednesday, October 27   |   7:30 pm

Free – $20.00

Our society is built around walls—of identity, nationality, and understanding. In his faculty artist recital, David Small will give us a glimpse into how we can turn these walls into bridges to heal the societal and historical divisions that impede our understanding of one another. Just as physical bridges span divides between different regions and nations, allowing trade and migration, the cultural bridge that Small proposes lets us share our cultures and stories through space and time. The repertoire, which Small will sing accompanied by Jean Anderson (his wife) on piano, features Spanish- and Portuguese-language art songs alongside Black American art songs, with a focus on female artists.

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David Small is an operatic baritone—His forty-year performance career spans over 70 different roles in nearly 60 operas and most of the major oratorio repertoire. He has also taught vocal master classes and workshops about mindfulness during preparation and performance around the world and is an avid recitalist.  “Longy doesn’t just teach the art of music—we insist that students find their own voices and learn how to use music to make the world a better place. When I joined the Longy faculty, the first thing I wanted to do was create and lead a class on music and mindfulness;  the Longy administration had the class in the curriculum on my first day. Mindfulness, or moment-to-moment nonjudgmental awareness, has such great potential to give musicians the ability to be truly present during their own preparation and performances.  The class helps students see what’s really going on when they feel stage fright, the fear of failure, or even the fear of success. It helps us unpack and neutralize our brain’s evolutionary protective mechanisms, like the fight, flight, or freeze response our ancestors needed to avoid hungry tigers. Part of our brains is still hyper-alert for tigers, yet in my forty years of singing, I can tell you: there’s never been a tiger in any concert hall or audition. Mindfulness helps tame that, making us better—and more confident—performers.”

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Wednesday, October 27
7:30 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States