The Music of Sleep and Dreams

October 19, 2004 (Tuesday) / 8:00 pm

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia

The Music of Sleep and Dreams


Marc-André Hamelin


Jody Karin Applebaum


Lullabies soothe us to sleep. Songs are our waking dreams. Music may mimic gentle rest, nightmare, insomnia, or the perennial metaphor of sleep, death!

In a special one-night only performance-lecture designed especially for this year's Penn Humanities Forum on Sleep and Dreams, the internationally acclaimed duo of soprano Jody Karin Applebaum and pianist Marc-André Hamelin enfold us in musical sleep and dreams.

'Invite sweet sleep to yourself'* in the works of Handel, Fauré, Poulenc, Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Cole Porter, De Falla, and many others!
*From Maikov's Cradle Song.

Called "legendary" and a "super virtuoso," Marc-André Hamelin is considered one of the singular pianistic talents of his generation. Well established in North America and Europe with numerous recitals around the globe, he regularly appears in the Wigmore Hall Masterconcert Series, the International Piano Series at London's South Bank Centre, and the Herkulessall in Munich. Hamelin's recording of the complete Godowsky Studies on Chopin’s Études won the 2000 Gramophone Instrumental Award and has been hailed as "mind-boggling." Godowsky's 53 studies are considered some of the most difficult piano pieces ever written.


Montreal born, Hamelin lives in Philadelphia with his wife, soprano Jody Karin Applebaum, who is renowned for her great dramatic power, sly wit, sophistication, and intimacy. Her cabaret, oratorio, and concert work has taken her all over the world as a soloist in many of the great choral and orchestral masterworks. When not on tour, Ms. Applebaum maintains a full roster of private students and gives frequent master classes and lecture–recitals.