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Park Slope Singers Spring Concert
Old First Reformed Church
Brooklyn, NY
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Park Slope Singers Spring Concert
Love and remembrance  emotions that tie us both to one another across generations, and also to the natural world. Composer Alice Parker has said, a community that sings together stays together. No need for fighting, or arguing, or anything else because song touches our universal core. So musicians and poets write, and so we sing.  

From the centuries of songs that explore these themes we select two periods  the Renaissance and the present day. The centerpiece of the program is An Exaltation of Birds, a rarely performed song cycle by contemporary composer Alice Parker.

The Renaissance was a period of enormous innovation in music, secular as well as religious. From that period weve selected four madrigals  dance forms wonderfully suited to express secular love ardent and exuberant, tender and silly. Well also perform a setting of Kaddish by Salamone Rossi, who puts a similar dance form to use to praise the Almighty  the first time polyphonic music was used in the synagogue.

The modern composers chosen also experimented with new and different musical forms and ranged widely through literature for texts to set to music. We open this period with Les Sirènes (The Sirens), in which Lili Boulanger gives voice to the creatures whose ravishing yet deadly song lured sailors to their doom in the Greek myths.

The Park Slope Singers are honored to have received permission to perform Alice Parkers piece An Exaltation of Birds, six songs set to poems by Emily Dickinson, Wendell Berry and Thomas Troeger. This will be the first time the piece has been performed since its premiere in 2002.

The program also includes the sound of Greek Orthodox chant in John Taveners Funeral Ikos, settings of sensual 4th-century Japanese poetry by Stephen Paulus, and settings by Libby Larsen African American women writers text.  The newest piece is Eric Whitacres i carry your heart, a meditative love song with text by E. E. Cummings, which Whitacre composed in 2016 as a wedding gift to friends.

We will be performing two concerts of this program under the direction of Elena Williamson.

May 30 @ 3pm in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at Old First Reformed Church (729 Carroll St). This is an Arts at Old First Concert. Purchase tickets to Park Slope concert at https://parkslopesingers.brownpapertickets.com

May 31 @ 3pm in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, at Church of the Good Shepherd (7420 4th Ave). This is part of the Art on the Corner series. Purchase tickets to Bay Ridge concert at https://parkslopesingers2.brownpapertickets.com

Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at the door or online.

There will be a reception after each of the concerts. Please join us for snacks, drinks, and conversation.

More information about this concert, ticket sales, and the chorus is available at www.parkslopesingers.org


Old First Reformed Church (View)
729 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY 11218
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Choral
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Park Slope Singers
On BPT Since: Mar 22, 2014
Park Slope Singers

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