NYCHORAL PRESENTS WHERE EVEN THE SEA SINGS
February 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM
NYCHORAL and Orchestra
David Hayes, conductor
Jarrett Ott, baritone
February 11, 2018 - 3 PM
The majesty and might of the sea inspire this East Coast premiere of The Shore (Symphony No. 3), a compelling work by the highly regarded American composer Frank Ticheli, Charles Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, a rare gem for baritone soloist and chorus and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture ("Fingal's Cave"), op. 26.
The Shore conveys the power, beauty and mystery of the sea. Ticheli weaves a subtle but commanding score set to poetry in which the sea is a metaphor for life’s journey, from childhood to redemption. David St. John’s poetry provides a rich palette of musical moods evoked by the sea: playfulness, awe, terror, and tranquility.
Songs of the Fleet
In Songs of the Fleet, Stanford deploys all his harmonic inventiveness in depicting the fleet ‘waking’ at sunrise, ready to set sail, and motionless again at dusk. The strength, breathtaking beauty and character of Stanford’s folk-like melodies invoke the bustling and often grueling nature of life at sea.
This concert overture was inspired by Mendelssohn’s visit to the Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland. He was so struck by the misty scene and the crashing waves of the Scottish shore that he composed a melody to express the surge and strength of the sea itself.
Join us for an afternoon of music that explores the relationship of composer, poetry and the sea.
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Roads Less Traveled
St. Francis Xavier Church: 46 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
November 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
A concert featuring the works of Randall Thompson and Franz Schubert
Tickets $30. Purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://roads.bpt.me/
Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez
Music Director David Hayes brings together NYCHORAL, soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez and pianist Zalman Kelber for an evening of choral music that pairs Thompson’s Frostiana with Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang, Der 23. Psalm, and Widerspruch. Our program takes its inspiration from the text of Frostiana and some of Schubert’s rarely performed, but extraordinary, works. This dynamic marriage of poetry and music performed in an intimate setting, similar to how these pieces would have originally been heard, will delight choral music enthusiasts and poetry lovers alike.
In Franz Grillparzer's poem Mirjams Siegesgesang, Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron, sings a triumphal song that describes the parting of the Red Sea and the swallowing up of Pharaoh's army. Schubert tells the story through virtuosic writing for soprano soloist, mixed chorus and piano accompaniment. For Der 23. Psalm, Schubert turned to Moses Mendelssohn, grandfather of composer Felix Mendelssohn, for the translation from Hebrew to German of the text of the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my Shepherd). For women’s chorus, this delicate piece is an ethereal gem, like the music of angels. Widerspruch(Contradiction), for men’s chorus, sets the poetry of J. G. Seidl. Schubert employs the popular romantic device of using descriptions of nature to reflect human emotions. Franz Liszt said Schubert was “the most poetic musician who ever lived.”
Randall Thompson is possibly the most frequently performed choral composer of the twentieth century. For Frostiana, Thompson selected poems by the great American poet Robert Frost. The pairing of Frost and Thompson is magical. There is a deceptive simplicity in Frost’s poetry and Thompson composed seven exquisitely crafted movements that perfectly reflect the meaning and cadence of the poetry. Frost preferred not to have his poetry set to music, but at the conclusion of the premiere performance he is reported to have leapt to his feet, applauding and shouting “Sing it again!”. Read Frost’s poems here Frostiana (PDF).
See our concert announcement here: Roads Less Traveled (PDF 1.6MB)
Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez and Zalman Kelber appear by kind permission of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program