Classical Sundays is a National Sawdust curated series that handpicks the most innovative performers in the classical and new music scene. With renowned artists that perform composed works both storied and vitally new, Classical Sundays keeps tradition alive while incubating the voices of now and the future.
The Secret Diary of Nora Plain is a song cycle that tells the intimate story of a girl who tries to lead her own life in a world that relentlessly encroaches on her innermost thoughts and feelings. The music tells a personal and heartbreaking narrative about the relationship between society, privacy, paranoia and eroticism.
The sultry sounds of a string quartet and the unpredictable rhythms of a jazz drummer provide the texture of the piece, performed by the adventurous singer Nora Fischer, the Ragazze Quartet and Remco Menting. The lyrics were written by Dutch singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz III, and the music by composer Morris Kliphuis.
The ensemble is inspired by the song cycles of Franz Schubert as well as by the Juliet Letters by Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet. The Secret Diary of Nora Plain gives new life to these formulae in a groundbreaking project with lyrics and music of our own time.
Nora Fischer, Ragazze Quartet, Remco Menting
Composition: Morris Kliphuis
Libretto: Lucky Fonz III
The Secret Diary of Nora Plain: Miek Uittenhout