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Raving Beauty

 
Composer Joseph Hallman has created a work to be performed by Dolce Suono based on the life of controversial socialite and writer Mercedes de Acosta and the women in her life including Greata Garbo, Isadora Duncan, and fashion icon Rita Lydig. The performance also includes works by Debussy, Takemitsu, and Bax.The Rosenbach Museum & Library presents an intimate concert of live music performed by some of the areas finest musicians. The highlight of the program is a world premiere by the Rosenbachs Composer in Residence, Joseph Hallman. The Rosenbach commissioned the young composer to create a work based on the life of controversial writer and socialite Mercedes de Acosta, whose life exemplifies the spirit of Paris in the 1920s. A tender song cycle, Hallmans piece explores Acostas relationships with the women in her life, including actress Greta Garbo, dancer Isadora Duncan, and Acostas sister, the fashion icon Rita Lydig. Works by Debussy, Takemitsu, and Bax complete the program.





The concert will be performed by the critically-acclaimed Dolce Suono ensemble. It features flautist and Yamaha Peforming Artist Mimi Stillman, Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall, and harpist Coline-Marie Orliac, a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. The ensemble will be augmented by soprano Abigail Haynes Lennox.

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