Leandra Ramm | Mezzo-Soprano

Lisa Bielawa’s Residency at The Stone: Centuries in the Hours

Date(s) - November 4, 2022
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm -

The Stone at The New School

Composer, vocalist, and producer Lisa Bielawa returns to The Stone at The New School from Wednesday, November 2, 2022 to Saturday, November 5, 2022 for her third curated residency, a performance initiative founded by John Zorn, with concerts held each night at 8:30pm. Bielawa’s residency at The Stone highlights the ways in which she takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations.

The November 4 concert features Lisa Bielawa (voice, piano), Leandra Ramm (voice), Michael Delfin (piano), and Oriana Hawley (viola). This evening includes the world premiere of the piano-vocal version of the song cycle Centuries in the Hours, co-commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund and ROCO, with mezzo-soprano Leandra Ramm and pianist Michael Delfin. The interwoven stories, taken from American women’s diaries spanning over two centuries, are being developed into an opera with librettist Claire Solomon and funding from the Opera America Grants for Women Composers program.

Lisa Bielawa is a Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. Her music has been described as “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically slightly tart,” by The New York Times. She is the recipient of the 2017 Music Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and a 2020 Discovery Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers. She was named a William Randolph Hearst Visiting Artist Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society for 2018 and was Artist-in-Residence at Kaufman Music Center in New York for the 2020-2021 season. In 1997 Bielawa co-founded the MATA Festival. In 2022, she was selected for a residency with the Louisville Orchestra’s Creators Corps. For this new endeavor Bielawa temporarily relocated to Louisville to make new orchestral and community-based work as an active, engaged member of the community.