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Easton Choral Arts Society Announces Season Finale
April 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$25 - $30
The Easton Choral Arts Society is wrapping up its 39th season with its finale, “From Poetry to Song: Compelling Words Transformed by Music.” Artistic Director Wes Lockfaw has chosen Brahm’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, a collection of love songs in Ländler (folk dance) style for voices and piano to highlight the performance.
The songs are simple stories that explore the entire range of the subject of love, with its passionate outbursts, brooding melancholy and feelings of deep devotion. Joining regular accompanist Rebecca Zinser on the four-hand piano accompaniment will be University of Maryland professor, Veronica Tomanek.
Also on the program will be “Frostiana,” a choral work based on the text of seven Robert Frost poems set by American composer, Randall Thompson. Masterfully crafted, the settings convey the colloquial elements found in Frost’s poetry but with the additional dimension provided by the music.
The third offering is “Fern Hill,” a poem in three parts by Dylan Thomas and set to music by John Corigliano. The opening captures Dylan Thomas’ childhood memories roaming his aunt’s farm. In the second section, he dreamily expounds upon those memories even alluding to its’ resemblance to Eden. The third section is spoken from the perspective of an older poet mourning over his lost youth, yet with persistent fondness for his childhood days.
Lastly, the chorus will present Rene Clausen’s arrangement of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” a traditional folk song first introduced in the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States in 1915.
The concert will be held at St. Mark’s Church, Easton on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 30 at 4 p.m. Advanced sale tickets are $25 for general admission and $30 at the door. Students are admitted free (reservations are required.) Purchase tickets at eastonchoralarts.org or call 410-200-0498.
Easton Choral Arts Society, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.