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Presented By WCRB - Front Row Boston 'Live At Fraser' features: Lara Downes

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Lara Downes' musical style strives to create experiences that bring 19th and 20th century traditions firmly into the present for 21st century audiences. Her style has been described as a combination of both classical and eclectic, blending many traditions, styles, cultures, and genres. Downes enjoys creative collaborations with a range of artists, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola and former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Her partnerships with prominent composers span genres and generations to bring significant new contributions to the piano repertoire.

Her 2018 Sony Music debut album For Lenny, a Leonard Bernstein centennial tribute, was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award. The album was released February 2018, following a unique serial pre-release of episodes featuring individual tracks, podcasts, and behind-the-scenes videos.

Downes, performs live at WGBH's Fraser Performance studio and talks about the inspiration behind her groundbreaking album and performs a number of notable tracks from the album.   WATCH THE ATTACHED VIDEO                                                                                                                                                                                      

Set list:

For Lenny: Variation on New York, New York  (Lukas Foss) 0:23

Anniversary for Lukas Foss (Leonard Bernstein) 4:20

Anniversary for Aaron Copland (Leonard Bernstein) 5:44

Anniversary for Stephen Sondheim (Leonard Bernstein) 7:00

Somewhere (Leonard Bernstein) 11:20

Anniversary for Lenny  (John Corigliano) 16:20

Homage/for Lenny (Donal Fox) 18:36

Another Time/for Lenny (Eve Beglarian) 20:45

Exuberance/for Lenny  (Shulamit Ran) 25:04

Dolce/for Lenny (Julian Wachner) 26:01

What Shall We Remember? (Ricky Ian Gordon) 32:42

Big Stuff (Leonard Bernstein) 38:49

Some Other Time (Leonard Bernstein) 42:03