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From Brahms to Bernstein – Wellsprings of Soaring Song

May 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0

Come and enjoy a night filled with songs of exceptional beauty deeply rooted in traditions ranging widely across time and place. The next Commonwealth Chorale concert opens with the Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder. Brahms was inspired to write these spirited “Gypsy Songs” after a concert tour with violinist Eduard Hoffman, also known by the Hungarian name Reményi. During that tour Brahms learned how to play Hungarian gypsy music, the basis for Zigeunerlieder.

The remainder of the concert is centered around lyrical, contemporary music. You’ll be introduced to Daniel Elder, a young and gifted American poet and composer. Three Nocturnes are his settings of three of his poems: Ballade to the Moon, Star Sonnet, and Lullaby. Each of these beautiful songs explores visual and emotional experiences associated with love, nature, darkness, and light. With a similar mood, Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home eloquently speaks to returning or coming home after being lost or wandering. All of these works will touch your heart.

Our Assistant Conductor, Holly Druckman of New England Conservatory, will take the podium as we present works by two of her Conservatory peers: Bosba, and Charles Tarver. Remember Me by Bosba is a setting of the poem by e.e.cummings. The text reflects on times for daffodils, lilacs, roses, all sweet things, and finally on that time at which we shall be set free. Tarver’s work, Fill the Night with Music, is a setting of Longfellow’s poem The Day is Done in praise of the healing powers of music. Both of these pieces have strong artistic integrity and beautiful harmonies.

And, in celebration of Bernstein’s 100th birthday, we’ll perform one of his beloved songs, Make Our Garden Grow from his operetta Candide. In this song the soaring chorus seems to be saying that growing our garden is a metaphor for the flowering of mankind itself.

This is a Newton Festival for the Arts concert. Tickets are available at www.CommonwealthChorale.com.

From Brahms to Bernstein – Wellsprings of Soaring Song

Brahms: Zigeunerlieder
Bernstein: Make Our Garden Grow
Daniel Elder: Three Nocturnes
Bosba: Remember Me
Stephen Paulus: The Road Home
Charles Tarver: Fill the Night with Music

With pianist Mark Feldhusen

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 pm
The Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street, West Newton, MA


May 12, 2018
8:00 pm
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Newton Festival of the Arts