Avant Garden Party
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Join Ariose and many other performers for a lovely afternoon to support New Music Works.
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June 12, 8 p.m.
June 13, 3 p.m.
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Un soir de neige
An evening of snow
Tom Killion, woodcut
The 18-voice chamber choir Ariose Singers presents a varied selection of works for a cappella chorus. The program will include secular works by the Renaissance Spanish composers Juan del Encina and Juan Vásquez; most of these pieces are inspired by folksongs and dance music of the period and run the gamut from lively and slyly humorous dance tunes to tragic laments. Also included on the program are Samuel Barber's set Reincarnations. The texts are English renderings of Irish-language poems from the early 18th century by the 20th-century poet James Stephens. The cycle opens with an exuberant paean in praise of the legendary Irish beauty Mary Hynes and is followed by a formal song of mourning (or "keening" in the Celtic tradition); the final song, "The Coolin" (with the opening line "Come with me, under my coat") is a beautiful romatic ballad--one of Barber's best loved pieces and a favorite of the modern choral repertoire.
Francis Poulenc's Un soir de neige (An evening of snow), from which we derive our program's title, is a rarely-performed secular cantata by the great French composer. The texts are by Poulenc's friend and frequent source of inspiration, the surrealist poet Paul Éluard. The short and intense cantata is an extraordinary example of the near-perfect pairing of music to text; the mysterious and evocative sonorities vividly capture the poems's descriptions of ice, snow, cold, darkness, and brittle, sparkling light. The concert concludes with a choral masterwork by J.S. Bach, the motet Jesu, meine Freude (BWV 227). This 11-movement work is punctuated by the composer's imaginatively varied settings of the opening Lutheran hymn; ranges through music of high drama, deep emotion and gentle tenderness; the rigorous form culminating in a five-voice double fugue in Bach's most elevated style.
Please join us for this celebration of ancient and modern music for chamber choir.
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Click here to download the full program in PDF format.
Ariose Singers audience members often say that they'd like to be able to see the original texts that we are singing. Rather than print longer programs, we have posted the texts so that interested audience members can view or print them before the concert. Click here to view the original texts.
Michael McGushin, Director
David Loren Beckstein
Steven Guire Knight