The choral group Camerata d’Amici will present “Ye Shall Have a Song” on Sunday, May 19th at 4 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Artistic Director Kristin Sponheim will conduct the ensemble of singers from Fairfield and Westchester counties.
The concert weaves together music that represents various aspects of our journey. Throughout our life, we have a song that gives voice to our spirit. This “song” is heard in the concert through a diverse repertoire representing many genres, cultures, and time periods.
Joy and lightheartedness shine through in the opening number “Bonse Aba,” a traditional song from Zambia, Africa sung in the Bemba language with percussion accompaniment, and “Tambur,” a choral depiction of a lively Hungarian dance by Lajos Bárdos.
Quiet and reflection are at the core of ”Earth Teach Me,” a haunting, chant-like setting of a Native American prayer by Canadian composer Rupert Lang. The program also includes “Otche nash,” a setting of the Lord’s Prayer by Nikolai Kedrov, sung in Russian.
A spirit of triumph and celebration is captured in the choral masterpiece “Ye Shall Have a Song,” from Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom. Thompson wrote this piece for double choir (one choir of men, the other of women) to set the words from the book of Isaiah – “Ye shall have a song … and gladness of heart.”
Vocal soloists featured in the concert include Michael Forbes, Mia Herstatt, Maura Donnelly O’Halloran, Doug Planker, and Juliet Pratt. Instrumentalists include Margarita Nuller (piano) and Jonathan Churchill (percussion).
Tickets at the door are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets, with a reduced ticket price for adults of $20, may be purchased by sending a check to Camerata d’Amici at P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.cameratadamici.org.