August 27, 2017
Frederic's latest collection of songs, written over the last ten years, here in a beautiful edition. This is a preview of the cover design, available soon!
And here is a proof copy of the edition as it looks printed:
Upcoming performance: Marta Knörr, mezzosoprano and Aurelio Viribay, piano
March 26, 2017 at 7 PM
Fundación Canal, Madrid
Mezzosoprano Marta Knörr and pianist Aurelio Viribay will give the Spanish premiere of several of Frederic Sharaf's love ballads, including “Senseless Time” and “Waitin' Low,” and the world premiere of his “Café Formidable.” Mr. Viribay will open the evening's concert with a world premiere performance of Mr. Sharaf's new piano solo, “Make It Blue.”
The program also includes works by Poulenc, Barber, Weill, and Bolcom, all of which have the atmosphere of a cabaret performance.
Past performances: String Quartet no. 4 “Mattinata Memoire”
August 18, 2016 at 7 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hear Frederic Sharaf’s beautiful fourth string quartet, titled “Mattinata Memoire,” performed by the Ellenville Chamber Players, led by Marka Young (pictured at right), in upstate New York at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellenville.
The church is located at 40 Market St. Find directions by clicking on the map at right.
Sharaf's Guernica published by Carl Fischer
July 10, 2016
Frederic Sharaf's latest major work, Guernica, with a text by Carlos de Oliveira, translated by Alexis Levitin, has been published by Carl Fischer, and is available for sale now! Purchase your copy here.
The work is a stirring emotional reflection on the 1937 tragic bombing of the Basque town of the same name during the Spanish Civil War. Pablo Picasso famously depicted the devastation in a monumental antiwar painting, and Oliveira's text in turn describes Picasso's masterwork.
Sharaf's setting, for soprano, piano, and cello or guitar, evokes the sounds and feelings of Spain, the Basque country, and the massacre, and looks forward to a hopeful future for humanity.
Guernica was premiered by soprano Alesia Tringale, guitarist Jay Mobley, and pianist Tanya Shrago at a private concert at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, MA on May 22, 2016. Watch the performance on YouTube
Soprano Erin Nafziger sings Sharaf's Lowell settings
September 11, 2015
Soprano Erin Nafziger, accompanied by pianist Edwin Lawrence, sang Frederic Sharaf's Three Settings from Imitations by Robert Lowell as part of a Williams Chamber Players concert given at Williams College on September 11. Ms. Nafziger is Artist Associate in Voice and Co-Director of the Williams Opera Workshop and Mr. Lawrence is Artist Associate in Harpsichord, Piano and Organ and Instructor in Music at Williams College. Williams Chamber Players is an ensemble of faculty performers founded in 1999, and gives concerts for the student body and wider community at the college.
Listen to a recording of their interpretation of the settings here.
Other pieces on the program included Britten's Traditional Ballads, Ravel's Introduction and allegro for harp, flute, clarinet, and string quartet, and Brahms' Piano Trio in C Major, op. 87. The concert was free and open to the public, and was performed in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the campus.
Bass-baritone David Ripley gives concert featuring Sharaf's works
April 4, 2015
New works now in publication by Carl Fischer Music
October 13, 2014
Recital featuring the works Frederic Sharaf given in Albany, NY
July 12, 2014
Mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell gave a recital featuring the music of Frederic Sharaf at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Albany, NY, including world premieres of seven of his works.
Ms. Cornell is an avid supporter of new American music, and the music of local composers Steve Murray, Dean Coughtry, and Josh Rodriguez completed the program. Michael Clement accompanied Ms. Cornell on piano.
World premieres of Mr. Sharaf's music included “Give Me Time to Pray for Peace,” written in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, as well as “The Anniversary,” which sets a John Donne text, and five of his recent Love Songs.
Mr. Sharaf's works featured on the recital have been released on the album Someday Silk: The Music of Frederic Sharaf, available for purchase now through CD Baby! Preview and purchase the album here.