Concert Chorale and A Cappella Choir present their fall concert of pieces about legends, legendary texts, and legendary composers!
A Cappella Choir selections include When I Think of You by Laura Farnell, a setting of a Sara Teasdale text. This epic love poem describes breathtaking visions that pale in comparison to the memory of a former lover. Jonathan Quick's arrangement of Loch Lomond tells the story of two captured soldiers. One is to be executed, while the other is set free. According to Celtic tradition, the condemned man’s spirit returns to his homeland via the "low road." His spirit will reach Scotland before his comrade gets home, but he will never meet his true love again. Trepute Martela, by Vaclavos Augustinas, is an old Lithuanian folk song that tells about a young girl plucking, stretching, and spinning flax while dancing. Joshua Rist's Invictus tells the story of Poet Ernest Henley, who contracted tuberculosis as a child, necessitatating the amputation of his left leg. When the disease spread to his other leg, he fought for twenty months in a hospital, showing an unwavering spirit that ultimately restored his health.
Concert Chorale selections include The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons, which tells the story of a silver swan that emits the most beautiful sound moments before it dies. Schubert's Des Tages Weihe pays homage to the master of solo art song in a piece that was written for vocal quartet and is set very much in his timless lieder style. Veljo Tormis's Curse Upon Iron pairs an ancient Finnish legend with modern poetry that completes a prophecy of the evil nature of iron coming to fruition. The program finishes with a timless text, Gretchaninoff's setting of Our Father, and a depiction of an epic battle, Moses Hogan's setting of The Battle of Jericho.