The Spectrum Singers
The Promise of Living
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Saturday, May 22, 2021, 7:30 pm EST
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Gerald Finzi: My Spirit Sang All Day
Message from Music Director
Maurice Duruflé: Ubi Caritas
Virgil Thomson: Rose Cheek’d Laura, Come
Matthew Harris: O Mistress Mine
Norman Dello Joio: A Jubilant Song
Aaron Copland: The Promise of Living
Talkback/Q&A with music director and selected performers after the concert
O Mistress Mine: Jamie Currie, tenor
A Jubilant Song: Lynn Torgrove, mezzo soprano | Karen Harvey, piano
The Promise of Living: James Barkovic, piano | Terry Halco, piano
BRIEF PROGRAM NOTES:
My Spirit Sang All Day – Gerald Finzi’s triumphant shout of joy – celebrates ardent and fervent love.
Ubi Caritas – Maurice Duruflé’s reverent Latin motet, has as its opening text “Where love and charity abide, God is present.”
Virgil Thomson’s Rose Cheek’d Laura, Come artfully sets verse by Thomas Campion, a highly regarded British poet and lute-song composer. The song extolls the beauty and delight of a comely young lady.
American composer Matthew Harris has a special affinity for William Shakespeare’s verse. O Mistress Mine tells of the fleeting nature of youth and the need to love now rather than later.
Norman Dello Joio’s A Jubilant Song – a jazzy and appropriately upbeat setting of a Walt Whitman text – zestfully celebrates joy and life.
Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living brilliantly and upliftingly closes the first act of his 1954-composed opera The Tender Land.