Higher: Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Perform the Music of Patricia Barber

An Evening to Benefit National Sawdust


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Dec 18 2015 • 8:30pm reception • 9:30pm performance

“I was delighted to join the Advisory Board of National Sawdust. An artist-led and curated venue is the kind of place where the most unexpected, adventurous music-making can happen– a place where musical boundaries can be forgotten. Audiences can look forward to fascinating programming here, and performers can look forward to new, receptive audiences.”

Renée Fleming

Working outside her traditional genre, world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming joins American jazz and blues artist Patricia Barber for a program of songs written by Ms. Barber, including several pieces newly arranged by Simon Frisch. The evening will also include Fleming and Barber performing an assortment of holiday favorites.

Renée Fleming said, “I’m thrilled to be performing with Patricia Barber. When I was introduced to her work years ago, I was immediately struck by her uniquely sophisticated lyrics, her musical vocabulary, which, though idiomatically jazz, evokes art songs for me, and the intimacy she conveys in performance.”

“When Renée sings my music, I am thrilled to discover that a musical ideal can be realized. She inspires me to reach higher,” reflects Ms. Barber, of whom TIME Magazine says, “Cross Diana Krall with Susan Sontag, and you get Patricia Barber, whose throaty, come-hither vocals and coolly incisive piano are displayed to devastating effect.”