The Promise of Living

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


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.
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