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Twisted Stitch: Songs of Love and Knitting _ January 29th at Cornelia Street Cafe

January 16, 2013

TWISTED STITCH:  SONGS OF LOVE AND KNITTING – Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, 8:30pm – Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, NYC – 212.989.9319

Lisa Daehlin_Twisted Stitch - Songs of Love and Knitting_Cornelia Street Cafe_29January2013_8:30pm

Lisa Daehlin_Twisted Stitch – Songs of Love and Knitting_Cornelia Street Cafe_29January2013_8:30pm


Soprano and knitting wizard Lisa Daehlin, accompanied by the renowned pianist Richard Pearson Thomas, undulate from classical to cabaret in an evening of comfort, virtuosity, and psychosis. Inspired by Schubert’s Winterreise, the program takes us on a romp through the mountains of Norway to the streets and subways of Manhattan with a few detours through the land of psychotic spinners and knitting. Songs spanning two centuries include the Haugtussa by Edvard Grieg, December Songs by Maury Yeston, and works by Richard Pearson Thomas, Franz Schubert, and Cole Porter. Featuring the world premier of a song cycle exposing the seamy underbelly of the knitterly arts (who knew?) entitled Twisted Stitch by New York City composer Stefania de Kenessey.


LISA DAEHLIN leads the dual life of an opera chanteuse and knitting designer. Her creations can be seen walking the streets and runways of Manhattan and gracing the pages of several books and magazines, including Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits. Teaching credits include Cooper Union, PS122 Gallery, American Folk Art Museum and Newark Museum Arts Studio Workshop. In the world of opera, she has performed numerous operatic roles including Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), First Lady (Magic Flute) and the High Priestess (Aida). Maestro Richard Woitach cast her to sing the role of Wellgunde (Das Rhinegold), and as his soprano in the concert Woitach and Friends 3-1/2.

In New York City, she is a frequent performer at The Players Club. Most recent programs include: December Songs and Transcending Exotic: Embracing Familiar. Her concert repertoire has focused extensively on Norwegian, French and American Chanson, Cabaret and Art Songs. She produced and directed OperaKnit Cabaret at Performance Space 122 (PS122, NYC) with Flash Rosenberg and Louis Menendez.

Though known for her rendition of I’m a Stranger Here Myself, Lisa is no stranger to the cabaret stage, having performed incarnations of her show From Classical to Cabaret: The songs of Poulenc, Porter, Weill and Satie in venues ranging from underground clubs to major concert halls. She has sung Dorothy Parker songs in the Algonquin’s Oak Room. She has performed the music of Stefania de Kenessey at City Center and with the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater at Lincoln Center. The recording project for that company is now used in the performance repertoire.

As an invited Resident Artist at the Bolzano music festival, she gave several concerts in that enchanting Italian city. Her German debut included concerts at the castles of Wolfshagen and Ludwigslust, performing music by Verdi, Weill and Wolf.

Recently awarded a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University, Lisa operates a private voice studio in New York City.

RICHARD PEARSON THOMAS, composer and pianist, has had works performed by the Boston Pops, Covent Garden Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Portland Opera, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Banff Centre, Skylight Opera Theatre, and Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. His songs have been sung in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Joe’s Pub, and before the U.S. Congress. His work Race for the Sky, which was commissioned as a commemoration of the events of 9/11, has been performed by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra and in recitals nationwide.

Mr. Thomas’ musical Parallel Lives was produced Off-Off Broadway by the Riverside Opera Ensemble. His musical Golden Gate, winner of the Michael Stewart Foundation Award, was performed in concert by the Monmouth Civic Chorus. He is a frequent collaborator with Mirror Visions Ensemble in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Thomas is on faculty at Teachers College/Columbia University and has taught at Yale and the University of Central Florida. His work with children as composer-in-residence of the Gold Opera Project was featured on CBS’ “The Early Show,” and singled out for praise by President Clinton.

Additionally, Mr. Thomas concertizes with singers worldwide. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, and is a native of Montana.

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