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Fiddlers, Bards and Lovers All: Music of the Celtic Isles

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
CANTATICA, under the direction of Michael Tamte-Horan, will present “Fiddlers, Bards and Lovers All: Music of the Celtic Isles” on Sunday, October 11, 2009, 4:00 PM . The concert, the first of the professional vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble’s 2009-2010 concert season, will include contemporary arrangements of traditional music of the Celtic bards of Ireland, Scotland and Wales; classical and jazz settings of songs and sonnets of The Bard, William Shakespeare; rarely heard chamber works written for the productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company; and U.S. premiere performances of traditional Welsh songs for soprano and instruments arranged by Canadian cittern player and Skye Consort member, Sean Dagher. On the program will be works for chamber choir, vocal soloists, violin/fiddle, cello, flute, clarinet, piano, harp, guitar and percussion by composers Michael McGlynn (Ireland), James MacMillan (Scotland), Bonnie Rideout (Scotland), Gerald Custer (America), Jackson Berkey (America), Sir George Shearing (England), Tom Cunningham (England), Roger Quilter (England), Guy Woolfenden (England), Howard Blake (England) and James Walker (England).
SPECIAL GUEST: Lehigh Valley Charter High School of the Performing Arts Touring Choir, David Macbeth, conductor.
LOCATION: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 South Fifth Street, downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.
 
ADMISSION: $14 Adults, $12 Seniors, $8 Students.
Reservations and information: CANTATICA(a)hotmail.com or 484-951-5113.
 
 
PROGRAM
 
“Irish Fiddler's Dance” from CAPE MAY PRELUDES (1999) ~ Jackson Berkey
Piano
 
“The Fiddler of Dooney” from A YEATS TRIPTYCH (2007) ~ Gerald Custer
Chamber Choir and Piano
 
“Peaceable Kingdom” from THE PAINTER’S EYE (2008) ~ Tom Cunningham
Chamber Choir
 
The Welsh Song for Shakespeare’s Henry IV (1975) ~ Guy Woolfenden
(Sung in Welsh) Soprano, Flute, Harp, Violin and Cello
 
“It was a lover and his lass” and “Take, o take those lips away”
from FIVE SHAKESPEARE SONGS, Op. 23, No. 3 (Set Two) ~ Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
Tenor and Piano
 
Pennillion, Op. 57 (1975) ~ Howard Blake
Violin and Piano
 
HOW SWEET AND FAIR: I. Go, Lovely Rose and II. To Daffodils (2001) ~ Stephen Chatman
Chamber Choir and Clarinet
 
Y Fwyalchen (The Blackbird) and Codiad Yr Hedydd (The Rising of the Lark)
Traditional Welsh, Arr. Sean Dagher (Skye Consort)
(Sung in Welsh) Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Harp and Percussion
 
III. Celtic Hymn and IV. Barn Dance from NORTHERN SKIES (2001) ~ James MacMillan
Cello and Piano
 
Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever) and Madrigal (Take, o take those lips away)
Hakan Parkman (1955–1988)
Vocal Quintet
 
Siuil, A Riun (Go, my love) ~ Traditional Irish, Arr. Michael McGlynn
(Sung in Irish and English) Chamber Choir, Violin and Guitar
 
Eirí na Gréine (The Rising of the Sun) ~ Traditional Irish, Arr. Michael McGlynn
(Sung in Irish) Mezzo-Soprano, Chamber Choir, Violin, Flute, Cello and Percussion
 
Scottish Fiddle Medley:
Grant's Rant, The Brown-haired Daughter, Innes of Sandsides’, The Gentle Milkmaid and Stuart's Rant
Traditional Scottish, Arr. Bonnie Rideout
Fiddle, Flute, Guitar and Percussion
 
 ‘Si Do Mhaimeo Í (She’s Your Granny) ~ Traditional Irish, Arr. David Downey
(Sung in Irish)
Mezzo‐Soprano, Violin, Flute and Percussion
 
“Live with me and be my love” and “It was a lover and his lass”
from SONGS AND SONNETS (1999) ~ George Shearing
Chamber Choir, Piano, Bass and Drums
 
 
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