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The Human Voice: A Celebration of Song

August 14, 2024 at 11:30:00 PM

Zion Episcopal Church, East Congress Street, Charles Town, WV, USA

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of vocal chamber music at the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival.  Join us at and be captivated by the diverse voices that resonate within these compositions.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of vocal chamber music at the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival.  Join us at and be captivated by the diverse voices that resonate within these compositions.


Experience the captivating power of the human voice at the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival's first full-length vocal concert. Held at the historic Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town, this program promises a captivating exploration of vocal expression in all its richness.


Featuring baritone Thomas Coltman and pianist Lana Bode, the evening unfolds with a diverse selection of works by renowned composers. From the introspective beauty of Strauss's "Morgen" to the evocative longing of Vaughan-Williams' "Songs of Travel," each piece unveils a unique voice and perspective that highlight the range and scope of vocal chamber music.


Prepare to be moved by the powerful contemporary piece "Pray" by James Pecore, a testament to the enduring human spirit.  Cellist Schuyler Slack joins the forces for Lori Laitman's "Seed of Dream," a captivating exploration of hope and aspiration.


The program concludes with the deeply personal journey of Samuel Barber's "Hermit Songs," a collection of poems set to music.  These contrasting voices, both historical and contemporary,  weave together to create a tapestry of human emotions, reminding us of the power of music to connect us all.


Musicians

Featuring Thomas Coltman, voice, and Lana Bode, piano

Violin | Martin Gwilym-Jones, Rachelle Hunt, Audrey Pride

Viola | Sam Kelder

Cello | Katie Tertell, Schuyler Slack

Bass | Sam Suggs



Program


Richard Strauss: Aus Vier Lieder, Op. 27

     Morgen! (Tomorrow!)

     Heimliche Aufforderung (Secret Invitation)


James Pecore: Pray for String Quartet (2022)


Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel for Baritone, String Quartet and Piano (1901-1904)

     The Vagabond

     Let Beauty Awake

     The Roadside Fire

     Youth and Love

     In Dreams

     The Infinite Shining Heavens

     Whither Must I Wander

     Bright Is the Ring of Words

     I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope


-intermission-


Lori Laitman: Seed of Dream for Voice, Violoncello and Piano  (2004)

     I Lie in this Coffin

     A Load of Shoes

     To My Child

     Beneath the Whiteness of your Stars

     No Sad Songs, Please


John Musto: Litany from Shadow of the Blues for Voice and Piano


Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs for Voice and Piano (1953)

At St Patrick’s Purgatory

     Church Bell at Night

     St. Ita’s Vision

     The Heavenly Banquet

     The Crucifixion

     Sea Snatch

     Promiscuity

     The Monk and his Cat

     The Praises of God

     The Desire for Hermitage



Please note: All anticipated programs and musicians are subject to changes

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