A lively two-part program, featuring renowned sopranos Catherine Bott and Emily Gray, and fortepianist Vivian Montgomery, and encompassing John Howell Morrison’s miniature opera setting of Jane Austen’s A History of England alongside vocal works by and about women in the Georgian era. Jane’s History is a hilarious melodrama, staged all around the audience with two battling Janes, an ‘MC’, a lamenting chorus, accompanied by fortepiano, and enhanced by projected images. The program’s second half of entertaining songs paints a telling picture of women’s inner lives and humor from the time and culture of Jane Austen, 200 years after her death.
Catherine Bott, soprano, is recognized as a virtuoso of early music. A Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Catherine also has a Sunday-night programme on Classic FM, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Classical Music.
Vivian Montgomery is an award-winning harpsichordist and fortepianist on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She resides in Boston where she is founder of the new baroque orchestra, Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band.
John Howell Morrison, composer, is a native of North Carolina and has worked in the composition and theory faculty of the Longy School of Music since 2003. John’s music appears on compact disc on Arizona University Recordings and Ten Thousand Lakes.