As a concert artist, Celine’s programming inspiration comes from a deep desire to examine important cultural and social issues. She is passionate about exploring women’s narratives, gender and sexuality dynamics, immigration and cultural identities through her programming and her engagement with audiences.
The music of HELDIN, titled #HerStory, will be performed in collaboration with the 23 Arts Initiative and will include education programs for elementary and high school students in addition to two evening performances on January 11 and 12, 2019. For more info on #HerStory , click here http://www.23arts.or
HELDIN is a multi part, hybrid classical music concept, weaving classical art song, chamber music, dance, and narration to tell the stories of female experience. The first installment, Heldin I, is based on the music of Richard Strauss and loosely inspired by Schumann's great song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben, tracing the arc of inner female experience from youth through old age. Heldin I explores the themes of ageism, beauty, youth and love from an intimate and uniquely female point of view.
The piece includes Strauss' Violin Sonata, a carefully chosen selection of Strauss' Lieder, and readings of correspondence between Richard and his wife Pauline de Ahna.
HELDIN is born out of a desire to bring women's narratives to the public; to share the experience of what it means to be female in our 21st Century, #metoo world.
Unbeknownst to many music lovers today, Pauline de Ahna (Richard’s future wife) was a renowned soprano of the highest order. A soloist at Bayreuth among many other prestigious European opera houses, she was described by Alma Mahler as having “a strong musical instinct… and always saying everything she thought”. As her relationship with Richard developed into marriage, it became clear that Pauline was the center of his world; and his greatest inspiration. #HerStory goes beyond the initial beauty of Strauss’ music to the heart of female emotional experience as imagined through the eyes of Richard’s bold and passionate wife.