Rebecca Shrimpton jazz vocalist

concert series

American Art Songs

by Ives, Bowles, Bolcom, Price, Strayhorn, Ellington

Classical mezzo soprano & jazz vocalist, Rebecca Shrimpton, and pianist & composer, Herman Weiss, present art songs inspired by American popular music, including works by Charles Ives, William Bolcom, Florence Price, and Paul Bowles, interwoven with original arrangements of classically influenced "tone poems" by jazz masters, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.

Current dates:

May 20-23  Recording Session @ Berklee's "Ark" Studio
Sept 28     Berk Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music, 7 pm
May 21     Weston Public Library, 3 pm
April 16     Quincy Point Congregational Church, 1:30pm
March 25  First Baptist Church of Medford, 7:30pm
March 24  Private Venue, Nahant, 7 pm

Program repertoire selected from:

Paul Bowles' "Blue Mountain Ballads":
Heavenly Grass
Lonesome Man
Sugar in the Cane

Charles Ives:
Things Our Fathers Loved
At the River
General William Booth Enters Into Heaven

Florence Price:
Monologue for the Working Class
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord

William Grant Still: Grief
Charles S. Brown: Song Without Words

William Bolcom's "Cabaret Songs":
Black Max
Radical Sally

Billy Strayhorn:
A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, arr Herman Weiss
Passion Flower/Fleurette Africaine (Ellington), lyrics Rebecca
     Shrimpton, arr. Herman Weiss

Duke Ellington: 
Hank Cinq (Sonnet 128), arr Herman Weiss

George Russell arr.: All the Things You Are (Kern)

Herman Weiss is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, conductor, and organist.  He is co-founder of two chamber music societies and created a Master of Music program in composition at the Longy School of Music at Bard College, where he chaired the department of composition for twelve years.  He co-founded the Composers in Red Sneakers and also founded two chamber music societies, one in Cambridge, MA and the other in Europe. Herman has a PhD in music composition from Brandeis University and studied composition and organ in Paris at Conservatoire National on a Fulbright Fellowship with Olivier Messaien. He also studied composition, piano and conducting at New England Conservatory.  His music is published by APNM (BMI) and it is recorded on Northeastern Records.

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