The Masterwork Chorus Presents Forest and Vale; Settings of Beloved Poems to Warm Your Heart
Enjoy a delightful evening with The Masterwork Chorus as they explore themes of nature in Forest and Vale on February 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit. Music Director Chris Shepard leads the 100-voice chorus with noted accompanist Carol Walker at the piano.
In Blakesongs, Richard Charlton sets five of William Blake’s much-loved poems including “The Tyger” and “To See the World in a Grain of Sand.” Both highlight the poet’s fascination with experience and industrialization and their impact on innocence. The lyrics for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata, In Windsor Forest, come from Elizabethan literature – Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and poems of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Although this piece initially appears to strike a mood of joy and exuberance, at its conclusion it admonishes the listener that “all the world is a play.” The final work on the program, Frostiana by Randall Thompson, celebrates the poetry of Robert Frost. From the simplicity of “The Road not Taken,” to the richness of the men’s voices in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, “ to the spiritual message of “Choose Something like a Star,” these lyrics and their Randall Thompson settings will warm listeners’ hearts. The world is indeed made better by great choral music.
Tickets are $25 general/$12 students, can be purchased at www.masterwork.org and are also available at the door. In honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial, fourth graders are invited to attend for free.
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