AGAR presents a contemporary classical music recital in Amherst | Lifestyles


Amherst Glebe Arts Response Inc (AGAR) will present “Cosmic Ecstasy in 20th and 21st Century Song”, a recital concert by French-American mezzo-soprano Sophie Delphis and South African pianist Emma Luyendijk, at the Presbyterian Church of Amherst on April 24.

The 4 p.m. concert at 193 Second St. in Amherst will feature songs from the 20th and 21st centuries composed by Jihyun Kim., Gustav Mahler, Gity Razaz, Olivier Messiaen and Undine Smith Moore.

New York-based Delphis last performed in the Lynchburg area in February 2020, when she sang in recitals presented by AGAR with local pianist Anna Billiias, co-presented by Sweet Briar College and Washington and Lee University. Delphis also performed for two seasons as a young artist with Opera on the James in Lynchburg.

An avid recitalist, Delphis regularly produces recital programs and fundraising concerts for musical and cultural organizations in the United States and China.

Luyendijk, a Cape Town-born, New York-based pianist, has a collaborative work that encompasses art song, opera, contemporary music and cross-disciplinary projects. Luyendijk received the Brown-Loranger Fellowship at SongFest, America’s premier songwriting festival, and was a 2019 fellow at the Collaborative Piano Institute in Minnesota.


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