03-06-19 | Songs for Listening | Sam Dixon
Sam Dixon, Executive and Artistic Director of Spivey Hall, selected the songs for Wednesday, March 6 at Songs for Listening. Born in Rochester, NY, Sam spent six years of his youth in Milan, Italy, where he fell in love with opera attending performances at La Scala. He later studied piano in the Eastman School of Music's Preparatory Department & played the French horn. Before coming to Spivey, Sam served as VP of Artistic Operations at Music Academy of the West. Before Music Academy, he provided artistic and management consulting to a variety of performing arts & service organizations, including Chicago's Music of the Baroque, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and League of American Orchestras. Earlier, he managed programming and festivals for Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and the six professional orchestras of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
At Spivey Sam oversees the most acoustically pristine intimate hall for classical music in the Southeast. He's a passionate listener, a terrific programmer, and a loquacious and effusive correspondent about classical music. Spivey and Sam: seems the ideal pairing of a programmer and venue — each season unfolds as if it were a description not just of his exquisite taste, but also his exceptional character as a person.
‘'L’invitation au voyage' by Henri Duparc, performed by Gerald Finley with Stephen Ralls
’Why, No One to Love?' by Stephen Foster, performed by Arleen Auger with Dalton Baldwin
'Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire' from 'La Bohème' by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Maria Callas & Giuseppe Di Stefano with Antonino Votto & the La Scala Orchestra
'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen', Rückert-Lieder by Gustav Mahler, performed by Dame Janet Baker with Sir John Barbirolli & the Halle Orchestra
'Urlicht' from Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler, performed by Maureen Forrester with Zubin Mehta & the NY Philharmonic