Pacific Duo

The dead not honored haunt the sleep of the living.

— Henriette Asseo, MAIS QUI SAIT?

“ON MY PEOPLE: Music of Remembrance”


A program combined poetic readings from Sephardic Holocaust survivors with music from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco The Divan of Moses-ibn-Ezra, Ladino folk melodies by Matilde Salvador, and Samuel Zyman’s haunting On My People, written for Hughes and Limón.

“In Their Own Words”


Argento’s masterful song setting of Letters of Composers contrasted with works by the composers themselves.  Additional works by Purcell, Schubert, Granados, and Nuñez.

Solo Programs for Voice and Piano

“Kurt Weill: I’m A Stranger Here Myself”


Retrospective of the composer’s works from his early Jewish liturgical music, his experimentations with atonality as a student of Schoenberg, his cabaret inspired collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, and his efforts to assimilate and find a new artistic voice while in exile in France and the United States. 


“Restless Peace”


A program exploring music written in Germany between the World Wars.  Works include songs that embrace traditional harmonies by Zemlinsky,Strauss, and Marx; more experimental sounds by Hindemith and Eisler; and cabaret music of Hollander and Weill. 


“Monastic Musings”


Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs and African American spirituals are part of a program exploring spiritual reflections from the Christian, Hindu, and Jewish traditions.  Works include Ravel’s Kaddisch, Basque carols from Spain, and songs by John Harbison.

“Voices of the Feminine Mystique”

Songs exploring the feminine view point of love, life, and loss.  Works include Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben song cycle, poetry of Emily Dickinson, and songs by Libby Larsen, Copland, and Debussy.

“Impressionistic Impressions”

A program exploring songs that first inspired, completely explored, and finally reacted against the French impressionistic movement.  Works include Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées cycle as well as songs by Berlioz, Fauré, Ravel, and Poulenc.