“The Song of Songs is a cry of erotic longing and a description of erotic bliss. It is a lyrical drama whose speakers and episodes run into each other as in a dream or a vision….It is a canonical biblical text, and yet there is no mention of God or of religion. It haunts many cultures, eastern and western.”
Over the course of the centuries, there have been innumerable exegeses, imitations, and paraphrases of the Song of Songs, and not just from religious authors; its poetic and amorous scenes have influenced numerous writers of all kinds. Many fragments of this beautiful text have been set to music. Taking advantage of its sensual and imagistic richness, composers have, as Lino Bianchi wrote of Palestrina, “been able to capture in the heart of sound the transcendent emotions of the most arcane theology.” In this sensual and textured program Les Voix Baroques offer some of the most expressive of these settings.
Adapted from A.S. Byatt
Musical Direction: Stephen Stubbs
Vocal Soloists of Les Voix Baroques: Shannon Mercer, Catherine Webster, Meg Bragle, Jacques Olivier Chartier, Sumner Thompson, Douglas Williams,
Musicians from the Pacific MusicWorks Baroque Orchestra:
Tekla Cunningham, Emma McGrath, Laurie Wells, Margaret Little, Maxine Eilander, Joseph Adam
Venue: Daniels Recital Hall, Seattle
Date and Time: Oct 22, 8:00pm, 2011
Ticket Prices: 35$ General/20$ Students
Parking: Off street parking available for $7.50 at the Bank of America Garage: 800 5th Avenue- Entrance is on Columbia
JOIN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR STEPHEN STUBBS AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MATTHEW WHITE FOR A PRE-CONCERT TALK ABOUT THE REPERTOIRE AT 7:00PM IN DANIELS HALL!
October 22, 2011 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm