2006-05-04 / News

Chorus to sing of spring and love this weekend

The Jamestown Community Chorus will present its spring program, "Love and Spirit," on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave.

Directed by B. J. Whitehouse with piano accompaniment by Janet Grant, the concert will feature many selections to be enjoyed by a wide variety of musical tastes.

One of the featured choral works will be an original piece by islander William W. Karl titled "Autumn to Spring," which will be sung by a small ensemble. Bill is also the composer of "Prayer for Peace," "Jamestown By the Bay," and "Spirit of the Wood," all of which have been performed by the chorus over the past several years.

English folk songs, songs of the Grange, and madrigals will welcome the month of May with themes of nature, joy, and love in the spring and in the months to follow.

Humor and robust singing will be featured in selections called "Fair Phyllis I Saw," "Country Life," and "Let Union Be."

The chorus will also present two German works by Brahms, and one French selection by Lauridsen, along with an Italian madrigal.

Contemporary composer Gerald Finzi enjoyed his English countryside and this empathy is evident in his music. He had a love of poetry and set many

poems to music, including "My Spirit Sang All Day," with lyrics taken from the "Collected Poems of Robert Bridges."

The chorus plans to delight the audience with a 13th-century English

song, "Sumer is I-comen In," which pays homage to a wonderful spring and summer.

The theme of the concert is enhanced by eclectic madrigals. The madrigal form of music took root in Italy and it became the model for compositions that followed in Europe. Monteverdi's "Ecco Mormorar L'Onde," along with di Lasso's "My Heart Doth Beg You'll Not Forget," and Morley's "Now is the Gentle Season" are examples of this poetic musical form.

It has been said that most of Thomas Vautor's compositions have "infectious wit," yet are haunted by shadowy melancholy, and that his song "Sweet Suffolk Owl" has a lighter type of the madrigal expression.

A cappella selections include "My Spirit Sang All Day," "A Rose Touched by the Sun," "Warm Rays," and "Quick We Have But a Second."

Tickets for this fine program of choral singing are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. They are available at Baker's Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware, the Secret Garden, from chorus members, and at the door. For additional information, call 4231574.

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