February 19, 2020

Princeton Pro Musica Honors Anne Frank

Lily Arbisser

On March 15 at 4 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton Pro Musica (PPM) honors the life and legacy of Anne Frank, 75 years after her death, with the choral work Annelies. James Whitbourn’s music sets the words of her diary for chorus, soprano, and chamber ensemble.

Whitbourn’s choral setting in Annelies offers a different interpretation of the diary by focusing solely on the central Anne, portrayed by the soprano soloist, expressing in a series of vignettes her inner, spiritual life within the context of observations of the world outside.

Lily Arbisser will be the soprano soloist. Arbisser frequently solos with choral groups in and around New York City, most recently singing in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, both with Princeton Pro Musica. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a BA in art and archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. She holds a Master of Music degree from Mannes College.

There will be a pre-concert talk given by Elayne Robinson Grossman, known for her contribution to the art of Jewish choral music. Grossman served for 22 years as conductor and musical director of New York City’s Rottenberg Chorale (1977-1999). She has conducted in the United States, Canada, Israel, Great Britain and Italy.

Ryan James Brandau serves as artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, Monmouth Civic Chorus, and Amor Artis in New York City. He is on the faculty of Westminster Choir College. As a professional singer, he has performed with ensembles in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including the American Bach Soloists, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the Choir of Clare College Cambridge. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, attended Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and received his B.A. in music from Princeton University. His choral arrangements have been performed by groups worldwide.

Visit www.princetonpromusica.org for tickets.