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Grammy Focus: A Cantata on the Diary of Anne Frank

The Lincoln Trio

The Lincoln Trio

Annelies "Anne" Frank

Annelies “Anne” Frank

Grammy-nominees, the Lincoln Trio, will apparently not be leaving their home base in Chicago to attend the awards ceremony in Los Angeles; on Sunday, the day of the awards, they’ll be giving a free concert at the Chicago Cultural Center, performing with students in a Sejong Cultural Society presentation. It is exactly that spirit, reaching out to youth, and to people in different communities—not to mention outstanding musicianship—that garnered the Grammy nomination.

The Lincoln Trio became involved in a concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; the concert featured a work by James Whitbourn, a childhood friend of Lincoln Trio cellist David Cunliffe. Collaborating with soprano Arianna Zuckerman, they gave a performance of Whitbourn’s Annelies, a cantata based on the diary of Anne Frank. Forces included the Westminster Williamson Voices (made up of students at Westminster Choir College), clarinetist Bharat Chandra and conductor James Jordan. It was their recording on Naxos which got the attention of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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Anne Frank House

Since then the Lincoln Trio, Arianna Zuckerman and Bharat Chandra have reunited for additional performances of the cantata. Last winter Soprano Arianna Zuckerman spoke to WFMT about the piece:

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Bharat Chandra, Marta Aznavoorian, David Cunliffe, Arianna Zuckerman, James Whitbourn

 

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