“I Carry Your Heart: Choral Songs of Love”
February 26, 2017
I Carry Your Heart: Choral Songs of Love
The choral group Camerata d’Amici will present its next concert, “I Carry Your Heart: Choral Songs of Love” on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Conducted by Kristin Sponheim, the concert will center on the theme of “love” in its various meanings, through a varied repertoire.
The first half of the concert explores the different sides of romantic love. In the opening number, “Mid-Winter Waking” by Morten Lauridsen, the narrator, through love, finds warmth in the midst of a harsh winter. The winter is depicted musically with atonal harmonies and a jarring accompaniment (Margarita Nuller, piano), resolving with the line “we stared in silence all around us/but found no winter anywhere to see.” This gives way to the beautiful melody and lush harmonies in the next piece, a setting of E.E. Cummings’ poem “I Carry Your Heart” by Connor Koppin. Camerata’s chamber ensemble will sing an early French piece, “Bonjour Mon Coeur” by Philippe de Monte, and a Spanish sonnet by Pablo Neruda, “Tu Sangre En La Mia” set by contemporary composer Shawn Kirchner. These musical settings explore the tenderness and simplicity in romantic relationships. This leads to the culmination of the first half with “Under the Willow Tree” by Samuel Barber. This piece suggests a sense of confusion: “Where shall we sleep, my love whither shall we fly? … The green toad has swallowed the key to my door,” evoking the more unsettled aspects of love that can accompany the tenderness and simplicity.
This theme continues in the second half, which begins with “Lament for Pasiphae” by Morten Lauridsen. As the narrator faces losing his love, the music is dissonant, but ends tonally and on a note of hope as he begs the dying sun to “shine warm a little longer!” The program continues with “The Snow” by Edward Elgar, which, accompanied by two violins (Larry Deming and Diane Orson), alternates between minor and major keys as the text goes from sorrow (“O snow, in thy soft grave/sad flowers the winter brave), to hope (“The snow must melt, must go”). Just as the snow melts, the soul perseveres. The final portion of the program returns to a place of comfort with two lullabies: “The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby” (Nils Ginsberg), and Daniel Elder’s peaceful setting of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” The concert concludes with the spiritual “Unclouded Day” by Shawn Kirchner, an upbeat piece that embodies moving ahead towards a better place.
Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets, with a reduced ticket price of $20 for adults, may be purchased at www.cameratadamici.org, or by check made payable to Camerata d’Amici at P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Mid-Winter Waking (Morten Lauridsen)
I Carry Your Heart (Connor Koppin)
Bonjour Mon Coeur (Philippe de Monte)
Let Beauty Awake (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Tu Sangre en la Mia (Shawn Kirchner)
Arirang (arr. Elliot Forbes)
Under the Willow Tree (Samuel Barber)
Lament for Pasiphaë (Morten Lauridsen)
The Snow (Edward Elgar)
The Roof (Andrea Ramsey)
Over My Head, I Hear Music in the Air (arr. Uzee Brown, Jr.)
The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby (arr. Neil Ginsberg)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (arr. Daniel Elder)
Unclouded Day (arr. Shawn Kirchner)
“Angels We Have Heard”
December 11, 2016
Camerata d’Amici Presents
“Angels We Have Heard: A Christmas Concert,” December 11th
Camerata d’Amici is proud to present their choral Christmas Concert “Angels We Have Heard” on December 11th, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Conducted by Kristin Sponheim, the program embodies a reflective and joyful celebration of Christmas with repertoire ranging from early to present day music.
The first half of the program includes both traditional and contemporary settings of Medieval and Renaissance texts, from Niels La Cour’s delicate arrangement of Hodie Christus Natus Est to the spirited Cantate Domino by Claudio Monteverdi. The mystery of Christ’s birth is expressed in Ivo Antognini’s deceptively simple setting of O Magnum Mysterium; the women’s voices, piano (Margarita Nuller) and cello (Mary Costanza) weave together three angelic melodies. This piece is followed by an equally angelic setting of Ave Maria sung by Camerata’s men featuring solo trio Doug Planker, Daniel Wellers, and Michael Forbes. This section of the program captures the wonderment of Christmas.
Contrasting with the more introspective first half, the second half of the program expresses the celebratory side of the Christmas season. This half opens with joyful arrangements of traditional carols. The audience will enjoy well-known works such as the upbeat Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella and the rousing O Holy Night, as well as a distantly familiar arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High.
Sponheim has crafted a program that sets the reflective against the joyful, the familiar against the surprising. The audience will be drawn in by the depth and beauty of the music, and will be both comforted and challenged by the repertoire’s diversity.
Sunday’s program includes solo performances by Thomas Carr, Maura Donnelly O’Halloran, and Juliet Pratt. The concert will conclude with a set of traditional and favorite carols, with the audience invited to join in singing with the choir.
Tickets are available via check payable to Camerata d’Amici, P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Tickets are the door are $25 for adults (or $20 in advance) and $10 for children 12 and under. Follow Camerata on Twitter @camerata_damici and Facebook (facebook.com/CamerataDAmici)
Hodie Christus Natus Est (arr. Neils La Cour)
Gaudete (arr. J. David Moore)
The Hills Are Bare At Bethlehem (arr. Craig Carnahan)
There is No Rose (Connor Koppin)
The Cradle in Bethlehem (Roger Quilter)
O Magnum Mysterium (Ivo Antognini)
Ave Maria (Franz Biebl)
Cantate Domino (Claudio Monteverdi)
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella (arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw)
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. John Rutter)
Il Est Né, le Divin Enfant (arr. Gabriel Fauré)
Carol from an Irish Cabin (Dale Wood)
Angels We Have Heard on High (arr. Matthew Culloton)
O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)
The First Nowell (arr. David Willcocks)
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol) (Donald Fraser)
“Let My Love Be Heard”
May 22, 2016
Camerata d’Amici presents “Let My Love be Heard: A Spring Concert,” May 22, 2016
Camerata d’Amici is proud to present “Let My Love be Heard” on May 22 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 6 Ivy Hill Road, Ridgefield, Connecticut. The choir, now in its tenth season, is excited to welcome everyone to its annual spring concert. Dr. Kristin Sponheim, Artistic Director, has crafted a stirring program inspired by love, both divine and human.
The concert opens with music inspired by divine love. The women of Camerata sing Alice Parker’s arrangement of the tender Ladino lullaby “Durme, Durme.” The comfort we feel from God’s love and protection is captured in the traditional Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision” (arranged by Kinley Lange) and “God Will Give Orders & Sweet Child” (by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel). The rich timbre of cello accompanies these pieces, along with piano and percussion. The first half ends with the haunting piece “Let My Love Be Heard” (Jake Runestad), sung a cappella.
The second half of the program continues with music devoted to the love we share with each other. It opens with a setting by American composer Stephen Paulus for men’s voices of the famous sonnet by William Shakespeare, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” Shawn Kirchner’s setting of “Tu Voz” (Your Voice), a sonnet by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, will be sung by the chamber ensemble of Camerata. The familiar folk song “Shenandoah,” expressing longing and love in the face of loss, is beautifully arranged by James Erb. The program closes with “Sing Me To Heaven” by Daniel Gawthrop, an ode to the power of music in our lives, and “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal,” a setting by Alice Parker of an early American shape note hymn.
Soloists in Sunday’s concert include Ridgefielders Juliet Pratt, soprano and Michael Forbes, bass, as well as Danbury resident Thomas Carr, baritone.
The choir will be accompanied by Margarita Nuller, piano; Mary Costanza, cello; Joe Meo, clarinet, and Matt Bronson, percussion.
For more information on purchasing tickets, Camerata d’Amici invites you to visit their website at www.cameratadamici.org. Tickets are also available via check payable to Camerata d’Amici, P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults (or $20 in advance), and $10 for children 12 and under. Follow Camerata on Twitter @camerata_damici and Facebook.
My Spirit Sang All Day (Gerald Finzi)
Be Thou My Vision (arr. Kinley Lange)
Affirmation (Hilda Emery Davis)
Do Not Be Afraid (Philip Stopford)
Durme, Durme (arr. Alice Parker)
Snow Angel (Sarah Quartel)
xxIII. God Will Give Orders
xxIV. Sweet Child
This Little Light of Mine (arr. Ken Berg)
Let My Love Be Heard (Jake Runestad)
Shall I Compare Thee? (Stephen Paulus)
Tu Voz (Shawn Kirchner)
Shenandoah (arr. James Erb)
She Sat and Sang (Robert Sieving)
I Shall Find For You (Gian Carlo Menotti)
Sing Me to Heaven (Daniel Gawthrop)
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal (arr. Alice Parker)
“Night of Stars”
March 6, 2016
Camerata d’Amici presents “Night of Stars: A Winter Concert,” March 6, 2016
Camerata d’Amici is proud to present “Night of Stars” on March 6th at 4 pm in the South Salem Presbyterian Church, located at 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. The choir, now in its tenth season, is excited to welcome everyone to its annual winter concert. Dr. Kristin Sponheim, Artistic Director, has crafted a program inspired by stars in the night sky, and the strength and hope they represent.
“Nuit d’étoiles” by French composer Claude Debussy (arr. Alan Raines), presented by the women of Camerata and accompanied by Margarita Nuller, piano, recalls the wistfulness of stargazing as a conduit to memories.
“Ngam Sang Duan” (“Shining Moon”), a northern Thai folk song arranged by Steven Sametz, will be sung by Camerata’s chamber choir, accompanied by percussionist Matt Bronson.
Thomas Carr (baritone) solos on Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Infinite Shining Heavens,” which explores how stargazing can make us feel at once connected to the universe and at the same time alone.
Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of U2’s “MLK” is a lullaby in the face of a storm. “Sleep, sleep tonight. And may all your dreams, be realised. If the thundercloud passes rain, so let it rain, rain down on him.” Doug Planker, tenor, provides the solo on this powerfully moving piece.
Juliet Pratt, soprano, will perform “Solveig’s Song” from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg. This song of longing echoes the longing of those waiting for spring to arrive after a long, dark winter.
With the setting of the moon, “Bright Morning Stars” (Appalachian folk song, arr. Shawn Kirchner) the program is brought, metaphorically, into the light of the new day.
Camerata’s chamber group returns with “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” (Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson), featuring soprano Mia Herstatt, as soloist, and is followed by the men of Camerata performing “Shine on Me,” a spiritual, arranged by Rollo Dilworth. Both songs call attention to the magnificence and power of our closest star, the sun, which brings light to our darkness and hope to the hopeless.
For more information on purchasing tickets, Camerata d’Amici invites you to visit their website at www.cameratadamici.org. Season and single concert tickets are also available via check payable to Camerata d’Amici,P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults (or $20 in advance), and $10 for children 12 and under. Follow Camerata on Twitter @camerata_damici and Facebook.
Gitanjali Chants (Craig Hella Johnson)
Nuit d’étoiles (Claude Debussy)
There Will Be Rest (Frank Ticheli)
Ngam Sang Duan (arr. Steven Sametz)
The Infinite Shining Heavens (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Ballade to the Moon (Daniel Elder)
Sleighing Song (Dan Locklair)
Even When He Is Silent (Kim André Arnesen)
MLK (U2, arr. Bob Chilcott)
Solveig’s Song (Edvard Greig)
Bright Morning Stars (arr. Shawn Kirchner)
Light of a Clear Blue Morning (Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
Shine on Me (arr. Rollo Dilworth)
Tshotsholoza (arr. Jeffrey Ames)
“Sing We Now of Christmas”
December 6, 2015
Camerata d’Amici presents “Sing We Now of Christmas: A Christmas Concert,” December 6, 2015
Camerata d’Amici is proud to present “Sing We Now of Christmas” on December 6th at 4 pm in the South Salem Presbyterian Church, located at 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. The choir, now in its tenth season, is excited to welcome everyone to its annual celebration of the Christmas season. Dr. Kristin Sponheim, Artistic Director, has crafted a program that includes a broad range of repertoire, from Renaissance to the present day that celebrates Christmas.
The program begins with the Latin invocation,“Veni, creator Spiritus.” Anthony Bernarducci’s setting of this traditional Gregorian chant is anything but traditional. The driving, irregular rhythms, accompanied by percussionist Matt Bronson, provide a contemporary context for this venerable ninth-century text.
The mystery of Christ’s birth is expressed in an ethereal setting by Francis Poulenc of the 12th century Latin text “O Magnum Mysterium”. Poulenc’s 20th century rendition of this medieval text portrays the wonder and awe of the speaker through a haunting melody and equally haunting harmony. Thomas Carr, baritone soloist, will sing Vaughan Williams’ “Infant Joy,” with text by William Blake, and accompaniment by solo oboe, played by Oliver Homann.
The program also includes several pieces based on Marian texts, such as Tomás Luis de Victoria’s “Ave Maria,” sung by the Camerata chamber ensemble, and Z. Randall Stroope’s “There is No Rose,” sung by the women of Camerata. Juliet Pratt, soprano soloist, concludes this section of the program with Bob Chilcott’s “The Time of Snow”.
The men of Camerata bring the first half of the program to a close with the rousing French carol, “Sing We Now of Christmas,” accompanied by piano and percussion.
The second half of the program features a number of carols: the men of Camerata open with “Once in Royal David’s City” (arr. Marvin) followed by “The Huron Carol” (arr. Henderson) sung by the women of Camerata, and accompanied by Margarita Nuller, piano. “In the Bleak Midwinter” (Caldwell), a solo by bass Michael Forbes, is followed by Camerata’s chamber ensemble singing, “We Three Kings” (arr. Culloton), which features Doug Planker (tenor), Thomas Carr (baritone), and Michael Forbes (bass), with oboe adding an Oriental flair to the piece.
The concert concludes with a set of traditional and favorite carols, with the audience invited to join in singing with the choir.
For more information on purchasing tickets, Camerata d’Amici invites you to visit their website at cameratadamici.org. Season and single concert tickets are also available via check payable to Camerata d’Amici, P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults (or $20 in advance), and $10 for children 12 and under.
Veni Creator Spiritus (Anthony Bernarducci )
O Magnum Mysterium (Francis Poulenc)
Infant Joy (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Ave Maria (Tomás Luis de Victoria)
There is No Rose (Z. Randall Stroope)
The Time of Snow (Bob Chilcott)
Quem Pastores Laudavere (James Bassi)
Sing We Now of Christmas (arr. David York)
Once in Royal David’s City (arr. Jameson Marvin)
The Huron Carol (arr. Edward Henderson)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Mary Caldwell)
We Three Kings (arr. Matthew Culloton)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Stephen Paulus )
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)
The First Nowell (arr. David Willcocks)
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol) (Donald Fraser)