Concert at chapel celebrates ‘The Light and Life of John La Farge’
Soprano Charlotte de Rothschild and pianist Adrian Farmer will perform a concert celebrating “The Light and Life of John La Farge through Music” during a special public performance on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel on the campus of Salve Regina University. The music will feature Mirages – melodies for voice and piano by Gabriel Faure, and Japanese songs, chosen to celebrate the art and artistry of John La Farge on Salve’s campus. Made possible through the support of William Vareika Fine Arts, the concert is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to 401-341-3172. A reception in Ochre Court will follow the performance. Salve Regina has made stewardship of its 19th-century estate campus a hallmark of its institutional goals. The fulfillment of its spiritual vision included the conservation and public display of leaded opalescent glass windows created by the renowned artist La Farge. Designed for a private chapel in Newport, these windows were moved to a Sister of Mercy convent house in Fall River, Mass. in 1931. In 2004, they were carefully restored and returned to Newport with the intention that they would be included in the design of the university’s first chapel building. The set includes 13 windows. The three largest windows feature the images of the Madonna and Child, St. John the. Evangelist and St. Elizabeth of Hungary. About the musicians Charlotte de Rothschild’s career has taken her all over the world. With her wide knowledge of the song repertoire, from different eras, countries and genres, she has created some wonderful, themed programs; the best known being the “Family Connections” program, which traces the musical history of her forebears with music by, and anecdotes about, the composers who were friends, teachers or ancestors of the Rothschild family during the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently, Charlotte presented this program in Switzerland, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. Adrian Farmer trained as an accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, following a music degree at Birmingham University. He first encountered Nimbus Records in 1979, when he was invited to record for them. In the mid-1980s he became Music Director for Nimbus, joining the board of directors and becoming a co-owner of the company in 1992. Through the 1990s, Adrian spanned both sides of Nimbus’s business interests; maintaining the creative focus for Nimbus Records and coordinating the international marketing activity of the company’s optical disc technology division, Nimbus Technology and Engineering.