We’re pleased to announce our newest concert program, Love Is But A Jest… Songs for Fools & Lovers, premiering June 9, 2012 (8PM) at our home venue, Advent Lutheran Church, W93rd & Broadway in Manhattan. Performing are (L to R) Garald Farnham (baritone, lutes), Jacquelyn A. Penfold (soprano), Kirsten Kane (mezzo) and Christopher Preston Thompson (tenor, gothic harp).
This Spring, we’ve been assembling songs that deal with the silly and sublime natures of love, a subject mused on by serious composers from many musical eras. If you’ve ever acted the fool to impress someone, or felt the fool when you haven’t, you know why composers can’t resist such rich themes. This collection of musical jests features music by Dowland, Purcell, Mozart, Moulinié, Bataille, Boesset, Rossini, Billings, Hopkinson, Billy Taylor, Stephen Sondheim and Simon & Garfunkel, with fresh arrangements for various combinations of lute, gothic harp and voice.
We’re also thrilled to be premiering our first commissioned work, “A Perfect Strain,” with music by NYC-based jazz composer and pianist Jordan Clawson, set to lyrics by 19th century poet Isabella Valancy Crawford. Jordan has written a truly breath-taking new piece for two voices and lute.
Our Western NY and Midwestern fans can join us for one of our upcoming June tour dates, featuring return performances at Early Music in Columbus, the Lute Society of America, the Chautauqua Institution and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Toledo. We’ll also be presenting a Master Class before our evening concert at the Chautauqua Institution on Sunday, June 17. Here’s the itinerary! You may check the Dates page for full concert details and venues.
Sat, June 16 (7:30 pm) – Friends of Music, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY
Sun, June 17 (3:00 pm) – Singing to the Lute Master Class, Hurlbut Memorial Church, Chautauqua Institution, NY
Sun, June 17 (6:30 pm) – Fletcher Music Hall, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Mon, June 18 (7:30 pm) – Starkweather Arts Center, Romeo, MI
Tue, June 19 (7:00 pm) – Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN
Wed, June 20 (7:00 pm) – Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area, Westby, WI
Thu, June 21 (7:30 pm) – Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, IL
Fri, June 22 (7:30 pm) – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Monona, WI (near Madison)
Sat, June 23 (7:00 pm) – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH
Sun, June 24 (3:30 pm) – Lute Society of America Biennial Lute Seminar Concert Series, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
Fri, June 29 (7:30 pm) – Early Music in Columbus Summer Series, Capital University, Columbus, OH
Sun, July 1 (4:00 pm) – Christ Lutheran Church, Athens, OH
We hope to see you on the road or here at home in NYC! Send us an email and tell us what you think!