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, 2017 - 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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