Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano, with pianist Rachel Andrist. August 21, 2018


The summer recital featured soprano Leslie Ann Bradley and pianist Rachel Andrist, performing “Songs of Evening.” Their rich and wide-ranging program delighted all with beloved music, from opera arias and Romantic-era lieder to 20thcentury works. Barbara Montalbetti gave an enlightening pre-concert talk. A Canadian based in New York, Ms. Bradley appears across the continent in opera and in recital, as well as with orchestras; Ms. Andrist, originally of Estevan, Saskatchewan, is an international collaborative pianist and faculty member at the Glenn Gould School of Music and Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. 

This recital, with its inclusion of a song cycle by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), brought to conclusion the Gustin Series’ season-long commemoration of the composer’s Centenary. All three 2018 recital programs have included Debussy’s music, a tribute to one of the most important and influential musical figures of the later 19thand early 20thcenturies. Gratitude to the artists!