28 Apr 2012 - 29 Apr 2012
San Francisco, CA
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street
7:00 pm; 5:00 pm
San Francisco Lyric Chorus
Robert Gurney, Music Director
Aaron Copland: The Boatmen's Dance; The Little Horses; Long Time Ago; The Golden Willow Tree; Promise of Living
John Corigliano: Fern Hill
Eric Whitacre: Animal Crackers I; Water Night; Five Hebrew Love Songs
For our Spring 2012 trimester, Modern American Voices, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus presents a wonderful combination of words and music—poetry set by three distinguished American composers.
Between 1950 and 1952, Aaron Copland (1900-1990) arranged settings of eight different American folk songs at the request of his friend, Benjamin Britten. We will sing four of these folk songs and ballads, ranging in mood from the jolly song of the Ohio River boatmen to the gentle lullaby of The Little Horses.
In Fern Hill, New York composer John Corigliano (1938- ) beautifully sets Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ (1914-1953) reminiscences of his childhood visit to an aunt’s farm, and Thomas’ musings on his own life. The lush tonality of the music matches the richness of the words.
Eric Whitacre (1970- ) is one of the most well-known and successful contemporary American composers. His music has charmed and moved audiences all over the world. He composes in a variety of styles, and we have selected several works that demonstrate these styles. Animal Crackers 1 is a setting of three poems by the American humorist, Ogden Nash (1902-1971). Water Night is a setting of a poem by the Mexican poet, Octavio Paz (1914-1998), created in Whitacre’s familiar cluster sound. Whitacre uses this composition as the subject of his Virtual Choir 3. In Five Hebrew Love Poems, Whitacre sets Hebrew poetry written by his wife, operatic soprano Hila Plitmann (1973- ).
We will conclude our concert with Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living, a joyous Thanksgiving Song from his opera, The Tender Land.
Alamere String Quartet
Xiyan Wang, Piano
General $20; in advance & for seniors, $18
Free admission for students 5-18 with ID.
Please, no children under five.
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