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“The NATURE of LIFE”

A beautiful new song cycle plus solo piano pieces composed by
Elizabeth Borowsky as well as songs written by Jessica Deskin

October 2-3

This will be a very special program of compositions written by our new Classicopia Vice-President/pianist Elizabeth Borowsky as well as her friend, the singer/songwriter Jessica Deskin.  The two musicians first crossed paths at Towson University in 2001, but it wasn’t until recently that they began to realize just how much they have in common. Each has forged an impressive career in performance, education, and leadership, and for the first time ever, they are combining their talents in this unique and powerful program. Join them as they explore, “The Nature of Life!” 

The program will be in three parts:

Part I: Songs by Jessica Deskin – “These songs represent some of the deepest emotional and internal struggles I’ve encountered in my life, initially keeping me questioning as any attempt to rationalize feelings would. However, soon after writing, I always found myself in a state of acceptance, lacking judgment (of myself and others), forgiveness at times, and a sort of understanding of something bigger than “us”. It is an honor to be a vessel for the stories of human emotions to which many people can relate, and be the “voice” they might need to express something.”

Part II: Solo Piano Works by Elizabeth Borowsky – “From journeys into the far reaches of the galaxy to an underwater ballet, my music explores the depths of the imagination of the young pianists for whom I write this music. The music is deeply rooted in my classical foundation but utilizes contemporary harmonies and forms. Some of these works are more abstract brushstrokes of melody and harmony, while others are truly what I would consider songs without words.”

Part III: “The Nature of Life” by Elizabeth Borowsky, performed with Jessica Deskin – “This new song cycle has been inspired by the beauty of the New England landscapes: the mountains, the valleys, the lakes, the night skies, and the countless trails to travel between them. Although modern life is undeniably hectic (and no one can truly and permanently escape the questions and challenges life brings), there is a certain reassurance in the serenity and peace that nature provides. We are reminded that the human experience is largely unchanged, even by technology, and that some of the same thoughts, feelings, doubts, hopes, and dreams have been woven into the lives of people regardless of when or where they lived. We experience strength and perspective from the tops of mountains, a sense of community in the valleys, endless possibilities as we peer into the night skies, and a renewed sense of self as we navigate paths and trails, learning to follow the signs but also trust our instincts. New Hampshire has been my home since 2015, and this cycle is proudly written for the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. For these songs, I selected texts by New England poets historic and contemporary, and specifically poems that reflect the relationship between nature and life.”

Check out this video of Jess Deskin singing one of her original songs entitled “Let Me In.”

Performers:


Performances:

Oct

02

Saturday, Oct 02, 2021 @ 7:30pm

First Congregational Church of Lebanon
10 South Park St, Lebanon NH 03766

Our Home Church with fabulous acoustics, a great Steinway, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.  Seats are only $20 at the door or $15 for Church members.  You can buy seats in advance for 10% discount by clicking the yellow “Add to Cart” below.  To get the Church discount, click on the arrow next to the price.  All children 18 and under are always free.  All major credit cards are accepted and you do not need to have a PayPal account.  To buy multiple seats, just click the yellow “Add to Cart” button and you can add seats on the following screen.

YOU MUST BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND THIS CONCERT and MASKS ARE REQUIRED

The NATURE of LIFE---First Cong. Lebanon

Oct

03

Sunday, Oct 03, 2021 @ 2:00pm

Home of Marilyn and Al Austin-Nelson
2 Ridge Road, Hanover, NH 03755

We are so happy to be back at our favorite House Concert venue, the wonderful home of our long-time supporters and friends, Marilyn and Al Austin-Nelson.  They have the perfect intimate Salon for music and are so generous and hospitable.  Come experience chamber music the way it is meant to be heard—-in a real chamber!  Get a chance to talk and mingle with the artists in a relaxing, very intimate, and casual atmosphere.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Only $30pp!  We will have limited food because of Covid but the wine will be flowing!  Sign up now below or call Dan at 802-369-0856 if you prefer to buy seats over the phone.  All major credit cards are accepted and you do not need to have a PayPal account.  To buy multiple seats, just click the yellow “Add to Cart” and you can put in more seats on the following screen.

YOU MUST BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND THIS CONCERT and MASKS ARE REQUIRED

The NATURE of LIFE---Austin-Nelson home