Repertoire for a Prairie style/Frank Lloyd Wright inspired concert
Date: May 9, 2014
Hello Fellow ChoralNetters!
My community chamber choir has the possibility of doing our spring 2015 concert at a faux Frank Lloyd Wright style venue. This is a private home that is let out for concerts and fund raisers by the owners who have built a new, beautifully and carefully researched Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie Style home. Since they began allowing the community to rent their *great room* several years ago, there have been chamber music concerts and fund raisers, a murder mystery fund raising event for the local symphony ("Death of a Diva"---everyone loves to kill off the soprano!) as well as various cocktail parties for the community. There have been no strictly vocal performances since they DO NOT have a piano. The string groups, if they perform a piano quartet or a piano trio, have brought in keyboards. The acoustics are lovely for chamber music which is the reason we are considering this venue.
We have about an 80% chance (depending on a few things) of doing our regular spring concert at this place and I would like to do a concert reflecting the time of the Prairie School (about 1890-ish to 1910-ish) with the restrictions of my group (we really are a true chamber choir with 9 to 15 singers so SATB or possibly SSATB) and unaccompanied if possible, however we do have a keyboard we could use.
We were originally to do an "Americana" concert and several pieces already chosen could work--several Aaron Copland "Old American Songs" and Charles Ives--but we will have to use the keyboard. There is a Holst folk song arrangement, approximately of the time that we've done, "I Love My Love," I think would work as there is no divisi and is unaccompanied. We started brain storming this week at rehearsal and have at least until October or so to get everything in place. Any Carl Sandberg settings or Eugene Field? Any Frank Lloyd Wright something? New works would be fine but they would have to fit perfectly.
We are in the suburbs of Chicago and take our Prairie Style seriously around here. I think it would be wonderful to do a concert with the time and...for lack of a better term.....aura of FLW and his world.
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