American Modern: Songs of Love and Longing

sunday, march 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM

All Saints Parish
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

George Case, conductor

In the final concert of its 2018-2019 season, The Boston Cecilia presents American Modern: Songs of Love and Longing featuring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Margaret Lias and a seven-piece chamber orchestra to accompany the Cecilia chorus.

The program includes John Corigliano’s exuberant setting of Dylan Thomas’ Fern Hill for mezzo-soprano, chorus and strings and three powerful pieces for string orchestra and chorus - Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving and Tarik O’Regan’s cantata, Triptych.

These American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries chose texts of love - both secular and sacred. Corigliano’s Fern Hill exquisitely captures the moods and rhythms of Dylan Thomas’ account of his Welsh boyhood. O’Regan’s Triptych draws on numerous diverse texts – from texts of 9th century Indian mysticism to those of 19th century English Romanticismfrom the Psalms of the King James Bible to the reflections of 20th century Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn. Read reflections of Cecilia singers moved by the poetry of the pieces we are singing, and then come hear us sing!

John Corigliano - Fern Hill
Jake Runestad - Hope of Loving
Eric Whitacre - Five Hebrew Love Songs
Tarik O'Regan - Triptych