TAPESTRY: Voices, Viola, Piano, Clarinet

Drawing on their 100th-anniversary Armistice Day concert at the National Gallery in Washington DC, Tapestry shapes a new program inspired by early 20th-century impressionists. After WW1, the influence of the impressionists spread throughout the world. Bartok wrote "Debussy's great service to music was to reawaken among all musicians an awareness of harmony and its possibilities." The early 20th century also saw the rise of American Jazz, and this program features composers such as Duke Ellington who explored impressionism in their music. Tapestry's program travels beyond borders and throughout time to explore themes of love, beauty, and peace, weaving together vocal gems of Debussy, Lili Boulanger, and Poulenc; piano works of Bartok and Rachmaninoff; settings of the medieval Latin peace prayer, Dona Nobis Pacem; and ancient Hebrew allegorical love songs. Dona Nobis Pacem returns with Vaughan Williams Reconciliation and Barber's Agnus Dei (vocal Adagio for Strings). Songs of hope for a better world including Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child and Bernstein's Somewhere round out this musical offering that takes inspiration from the idea of "reawakening an awareness of harmony and its possibilities."

"...these particular voices, brightly colored, well-focused and agile, caressed the vowel sounds and shaped gorgeous textures...(they) forged a splendid sense of ensemble." —The Washington Post


Performers

Cristi Catt, soprano; Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano; Daniela Tosic, mezzo-soprano with Shira Kammen, viola; James Falzone; clarinet and Arsentiy Kharitonov, piano


Program

Vocal works of Debussy, Lili Boulanger and Poulenc
Piano works of Bartok and Rachmaninoff
Medieval settings of Agnus Dei
Hebrew Cantillations
Agnus Dei (vocal version of Adagio for Strings) Samuel Barber
Dona Nobis Pacem (excerpt) Ralph Vaughan Williams
Somewhere Leonard Bernstein
Jazz standards including God Bless the Child Billy Holiday/Arthur Herzog


Program duration

approximately 90' with intermission. Suitable for
a resonant medium size church or concert hall