What do you do if you run a young music-performance organization with an abundance of ambition in the middle of a pandemic?
If you’re the Linden Project‘s Jeremy and Julie Ludwig, you look for a way to assemble your signature concert series with high-calibre performers, atmospheric images, personal anecdotes and condensed translations into a viable path forward.
Starting in September, the Project will offer a three-concert series via YouTube, promising to introduce audiences to themes of art songs, all from the comfort of their own home.
The season will open on September 19, with Songs of War & Peace. Featuring tenor Bud Roach, baritone Jeremy Ludwig and pianist Suzy Smith, the concert will commemorate the end of World Ward Two through war-time hits, as well as music by German-American composer Kurt Weill and George Butterworth.
Spirits, Hags and Hexes is an evening of spooky songs on October 24. Expect haunting music, and the promise of ghosts and elves in this atmospheric concert just before Halloween featuring mezzo-soprano Lyndsay Promane, baritone Jeremy Ludwig and pianist Erika Reiman.
The Linden Project closes off their 20-21 season on March 27 with a concert focusing on the connection between music and visual art. With performances by soprano Julie Ludwig, mezzo-soprano Veronika Anissimova and pianist Ethan Lacey, Synesthesia: The Colour of Song presents works by well-known classical composers Debussy, Mussorgsky and Poulenc, in addition to featuring Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan’s Miss Carr in Seven Scenes.
Feature photo of The Linden Project at their June 2019 concert “The Seasons” by Katy Togeretz.