Art for Love | Lauren Libaw

In autumn, the FEU presented Art for Nature (a show and concert) and Art for Climate (a group exhibition).

This spring, the FEU is delighted to host Art for Love, a concert featuring three artists : Lauren Libaw, soprano and FEU alumna, Ian Tindale, pianist, and Renaud Guy-Rousseau, clarinettist. The program focused on themes of love and spring. Water is the element that makes spring possible; this season represents a magical spectrum of color through aquatic plants, but also and above all through aquatic life, which bursts with love. We can share love through contact with our ecosystem and in contact with water.

Practical Information

Date Thrusday, March 28 | Time 7:30pm | Facebook Event

Free Reservation

Musical Program

Franz Schubert (1979 – 1828)
“Der Hirt auf dem Felsen,” D. 965

Charles Ives (1874 – 1954)
“Down East”

Reynaldo Hahn (1874 – 1947)
“Le Printemps”
“L’Heure Exquise”
“À Chloris”

Gabriel Fauré (1874 – 1947)
“La Messagère”
“Dans la nymphée”

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
“Spring Waters”

Jeanine Tesori (b. 1961)
“Lay Down Your Head” from Violet

Lucy Simon (b. 1963 – 2022)
“Clusters of Crocus…Come to My Garden” from The Secret Garden

Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty (b. 1948, 1960)
“Our Children” from Ragtime
“Come Down from the Tree” from Once on this Island
bis: “Times Like This” from The Lucky Stiff

Meet the Artist 

Italian-American soprano Lauren Libaw has been praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (New York Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker). She sings internationally in recital, opera, and concert at venues including the Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Palais de Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, and Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room. A “masterful and affecting” recitalist (, Lauren has been heard in song in Aix-en Provence, Brussels, Florence, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and San Francisco. She does not limit herself to any one style on the recital stage, often programming music from the Great American Songbook, contemporary Broadway, French chanson, and Yiddish theater traditions alongside classical repertoire. Recent and upcoming operatic roles include Rose de Mai (Le Val d’Andorre), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), Nannetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi); musical theater roles include Maria (West Side Story), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Julie (Carousel), Maria (The Sound of Music), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Cosette (Les Misérables), and Christine (The Phantom of the Opera). Raised in Pasadena, California, Lauren is a graduate of Yale University, where she won the concerto and recital competitions, three academic prizes and the Sudler Prize for the Arts. She is also an alumnus of the Royal College of Music, London, and was a member of the young artist programs of the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Fondation Royaumont. She lives with her family in Paris.

‘A wonderfully responsive and assured pianist’ (The Telegraph), Ian Tindale is increasingly in demand as a specialist in song repertoire and chamber music whose performances have taken him to Europe, North America and across the UK. Highlights in the 2023-4 season include recitals at the Hay Festival with Soraya Mafi and with Nick Pritchard at Edinburgh International Festival (both recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3), Oxford International Song Festival with Harriet Burns to launch a new Schubert disc with Delphian, and the commencement of a new role as Official Pianist for the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Concert highlights in past seasons have included a recital tour throughout Europe with baritone and ECHO Rising Star Josep-Ramon Olivé in venues including Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Palau de la Música, Barcelona in the 2018-19 season; a programme with baritone and former BBC New Generation Artist James Newby for Lewes Festival of Song; and Britten, Tippett and Shostakovich songs for English Touring Opera and Marquee Arts TV in which Ian was hailed as an ‘articulate and sensitive partner’ (Opera Today). In 2022 Iain Burnside invited Ian to curate and perform in the Ludlow English Song Festival Day at the Wigmore Hall. Ian is Artistic Director of Shipston Song, an annual song festival on the edge of the Cotswolds which he founded in 2022, and this year saw Roderick Williams, Helen Charlston and Laurence Kilsby join him and four Shipston Song Rising Stars for an immersive weekend of performances and masterclasses entitled ‘I sang it under the wild wood tree’. Ian is a graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music in London. In 2017 Ian was awarded the Pianist’s Prize in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition and has also won accompaniment prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League Music Competition, Gerald Moore Award and Maggie Teyte Competition. He is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Samling Artist; Ian has performed at the Wigmore Hall Samling Showcase a number of times after being selected as a Samling Artist in 2014, and he continues to work as a pianist and coach for Samling Academy.

Principal bass clarinet of the Orchestre National de France at the age of 23, and previously a member of the Lamoureux orchestra and the Furians Ensemble, Renaud Guy-Roussseau has played with most of France’s permanent symphony orchestras. A regular guest of Les Dissonances and the London Symhony Orchestra, he also collaborates with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, Venice’s La Fenice and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. An eclectic musician, Renaud Guy-Rousseau strives to explore the widest possible range of sounds. Curious about playing on period instruments, he has crossed paths with Les Siècles, La Chambre Philharmonique, Musica Nigela, Gli Incogniti and Amandine Beyer. His passion for today’s music led him to join the TM+ ensemble directed by Laurent Cuniot, and since 2020 he has been a member of the Zagreb-based Synchronos Ensemble. In the studio, he works with numerous composers and producers of electronic music, and is also a member of Maât, a group fusing rock, jazz and machines, as well as the jazz/electronic group Design Default Ensemble. His taste for improvisation led him to study with Vincent Le Quang and Alexandros Markeas at the CNSM in Paris. In 2019, he will form a duo with accordionist Félicien Brut, exploring the Eastern music repertoire, which he performs as a guest with the Sirba Octet. In chamber music, he plays with the Quatuor Hermès, Bedrich, Girard and is a member of the Cocteau reed trio with bassoonist Lola Descours and oboist Ilyes Boufadden. Having followed the advice of Michel Bernier, Richard Vieille, Florent Héau, Philippe Berrod, Arnaud Leroy (CNSMP de Paris) and Jean-Marc Volta, Renaud now teaches at the Conservatoire du 17 ème de Paris and regularly gives masterclasses in France and abroad. Since 2021, he has been teaching bass clarinet at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

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