Dreaming in song - a recital and talk on the human Psyche (December 12)

DREAMING IN SONG - a recital and talk on the human psyche

DREAMING IN SONG - a recital and talk on the human psyche, © Music for Thought

03.12.2021 - Article

Explore the flamboyancy and intimacy of the dream & night in song, and hear a talk about why understanding the unconscious matters today

The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected our patterns of sleep, the frequency and content of dreams, and, if nothing else, has let anxiety creep into the intimacy of the night. This new trend was followed up by national media, and a little while back, the New York Times let experts answer the trickiest sleep questions in their piece on “what’s keeping you up at night.”

In this song recital, soprano Johanna Will (Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner) and pianist Hannah Harnest (Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester) have chosen poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries, where the darkness of the night may extinguish the lights and colors of the day, but where in turn the dream gives way to the most flamboyant and intimate imaginations. Themes of love, dazzling fragrances, reminiscence of happy times, and the unconscious, but also perpetual sleep and allegories of death inspired the great Viennese composers, such as Strauss, Schubert, Mahler, and Korngold, as well as the more modern American composers, such as Barber and Crumb, to write the most captivating musical settings.

The psychotherapist Roberta Marin will join for a talk and Q & A about understanding why the unconscious and sleep matter in our 21st century.

This is the second concert in Season II of the Music for Thought Series, which is generously being supported by the German Consulate in New York City.

The mission of MFTS is to embed the performed music in a current social, historical, and cultural context, and to encourage discussions on the role and relevance of the arts and their creators in society. Season II (October 2021 - March 2022) revolves particularly around the question to what extent the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the American continent, and especially in New York. We want to make a difference by picking up on relevant themes from national media and discuss a multitude of issues with experts from distinguished partner organizations.

Featured artists:

Johanna Will - Soprano

Hannah Harnest - Piano


Roberta Marin - Psychotherapist

Location & Time

Sun, December 12, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Tenri Cultural Institute of New York

43A West 13th Street

New York, NY 10011

Please Register here.

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