There is Sweet Music: Shakespeare at 400
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s first Cameo (16 singers) of the year is “There is Sweet Music: Shakespeare at 400” on Nov. 11, 12, and 13. Here’s a complete listing of what’s on the program:
Three Shakespeare Songs
It was a Lover . . . Thomas Morley (1557-1603), arr. Andrew Griffiths
Lullaby . . . Philip Cannon (b. 1929)
For Thy Sweet Love . . . Robert Young (1984)
Two Shakespeare Songs . . . Robert Baksa (b. 1938)\
Full Fathom Five
O Mistress Mine
Three Shakespeare Songs . . . Roger Quilter (1877-1953), arr. Linda Spevacek-Avery (1999)
Under the Greenwood Tree
Take, O Take Those Lips Away
Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain
Three Shakespeare Songs . . . Charles Wood (1866-1926)
It was a Lover and his Lass
How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps
Full Fathom Five
Two Shakespeare Songs?
Come Live with Me . . William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1975)
Sigh No More, Ladies . . . Orlando Coole (1619-1961)
Serenade to Music . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
From a Shakespeare contemporary (Morley – this was actually a vocal solo with lute, but has been frequently arranged for choir), through various Romantic era composers, to 20th century masters (the Baksa pieces are the most harmonically adventurous), this concert has a little something for everyone. The feature is the RVW Serenade to Music, a 14 minute piece (the others are all 1-4 minutes each – so, as you can see, a concert on the shorter side) for piano and multiple solos. The final set before the RVW (with the question mark, and the composer with the incredible life dates) is meant to be humorous, but I’ll explain this at the concert. A sort of comic relief in the midst of all this serious and high-minded poetry and music! We had our first rehearsal for this rep last weekend, and I am quite excited about the concert! My wife MB will be the featured pianist on a handful of numbers, including the RVW Serenade to Music, and some charming arrangements of songs by Roger Quilter, among other things; but most of the concert is a cappella.
This will be the weekend after the election, so you will certainly be in need of some serious diversion! All of the venues are small (well, except for the Friday concert), so advance tickets (especially for Saturday and even more for Sunday, which will almost certainly sell out) are advisable, and now is not too early to get them. They are available from (303) 298-1970, and on our concerts page.