AMERICAN TREASURES - June 6, 7, 8 in Campbell, San Francisco and Palo Alto
- Cantabile Chorale presents AMERICAN TREASURES
We celebrate our American choral heritage with classics by our nation’s grandmaster
composers, arrangements from the golden age of song, contemporary gems, and rousing
Our program includes Samuel Barber’s Reincarnations, Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning,
Charles Ives’ Psalm 67 and Randall Thompson’s Alleluia, as well as works by George
Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and more!
Join Cantabile Chorale and Artistic Director Sanford Dole for a wonderful evening of
Concert locations and times:
Friday, June 6, 8:00 pm
Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Blvd.
Saturday, June 7, 8:00 pm
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
500 De Haro at Mariposa
Sunday, June 8, 4:30 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Ave.
Join us for our pre-concert lectures 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Please come to Cantabile's final 2008 concert - American Treasures. We perform three
times - in Campbell, San Francisco and Palo Alto, June 6 - 8. (Specifics below.)
For Cantabile, this is an unusual concert in that everything is by American composers,
sung entirely in English. That however, is not the most important thing about this
concert. In the 2007 June concert the Chorale made a foray into popular music with a set
of Beatles songs, which were extremely popular with the audience, and a lot of fun for the
singers! So this year Sanford decided that Cantabile should do a concert that honored a
set of classical American musical treasures. Some of the works will be familiar to our
audiences - Randall Thompson's Alleluia (incredibly wonderful to sing), songs by Gershwin,
Porter and Bernstein, spirituals - but some will be less familiar, or not often performed
- pieces by Charles Ives and Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barber's Reincarnations.
The "Reincarnations" are in particular unlike anything I've ever sung. According to
Sanford's program notes (also attached) the texts of the three songs are by James
Stephens, an Irish author in the last century, but they are based on texts by Anthony
Raftery, one of the great blind Irish bards of the 18th century, who had translated them
from the original Gaelic. Two are love songs - highly unusual love songs - and the third
is a tribute to an Irish martyr, Anthony O'Daly, which raises the hair on the back of my
neck every time we sing it.
It's a pretty exciting concert with a lot of variety in musical styles, the pieces
themselves and we'll break into some small groups for several of the pieces. The program
is listed below. And I've also attached a copy of Sanford's program notes, in case you'd
like more information in depth on the various pieces.
Finally, if you come to the Palo Alto concert, we're having a party at intermission!
General $25 Seniors $20 Students $6
Buy tickets online at www.cantabile.org, from the Cantabile office at 650.424.1410, or at
Cantabile Chorale American Treasures Program: June 2008
Samuel Barber: Reincarnations
Randall Thompson: Alleluia
Charles Ives: Psalm 67
Eric Whitacre: Sleep
Aaron Copland: In the Beginning
Arr. Alice Parker: Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal
Arr. Alice Parker: God is Seen
Henry Mollicone: National Weather Forecast
Arr Dole: The Shadow of Your Smile
Cole Porter arr. David Blackwell: Let’s Do It (small group)
George and Ira Gershwin arr. Christopher Clapham: I got Rhythm (small group)
Hal Leonard arr. Moses Hogan: Elijah Rock