The Central Coast Chorale is presenting our final series of concerts of the 2016/17 season on April 30th at 4 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport, at 7 pm on Friday, May 5th in Lincoln City at the Congregational Church and at 7 pm on Saturday, May 6th in Yachats at the Commons. As always, the chorale is under the direction of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville.
The chorale’s spring concert always has an “anything goes” feel allowing us to sing anything we like. After this long, wet, winter we are definitely feeling in need of some spring beauty so we will present a bouquet of particularly lovely songs. From Morten Lauridsen, an Oregon-born composer who is now deservedly world famous, we will pick two songs from his Chanson des Roses song cycle. These love songs using roses as images for the beloved are based on the poetry of Rainier Maria Rilke and will be sung in the original French. We’ll add another flower to our bouquet of songs with James Mulholland’s arrangement of A Red, Red Rose, a very familiar Scottish love ballad by Robert Burns. Several other songs will continue the floral theme with intricate overlapping of voices like the petals of a rosebud. Listen for this in the English folk tune Early One Morning and the French motet by Maurice Duruflé, Ubi Caritas. And we’ll sing a particularly beautiful piece best known for its performance at the funeral of England’s Rose, Princess Diana: A Song for Athene by British composer John Tavener. It’s hard to have an “Anything Goes” concert without a piece by rock star composer Eric Whitacre so this concert will feature Water Night with enigmatic lyrics drawn from his favorite poet, Octavio Paz. And we’ll wrap the whole bouquet up with some bright ribbons from the movies and Broadway with exuberant pieces by John Williams and Steven Sondheim.
Women of Note, our octet of female singers, will add their own accents to our concert with an a cappella arrangement of another Duruflé motet Tota Pulchra Es along with Ruth Elaine Schram’s arrangement of He’s Gone Away, a folksong—American this time—so familiar and sung so often that no one can say for sure who wrote it or when, and the hauntingly lovely Fields of Gold written by British composer G.M.Sumner. You might be more familiar with his stage name, Sting.
Central Coast Chorale invites everyone to join us as we wrap up our season. There is a $10 suggested donation for admission. For more information please visit our website at www.centralcoastchorale.com or call director Dr. Scoville at 541-563-6830.
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