"A Very English Evening: Songs Of Britain"
An SUU Choral Concert
February 27, 2013
Photo credit: Dr. Kevin L. Baker conducts SUU's Concert Choir. Photo: Asher J. Swan
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT: It’s a program that royalty would approve of. SUU’s Department of Music presents A Very English Evening: Songs of Britain, an SUU Choral Concert, scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the performance begins at 7:30pm at Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater. Opus, SUU’s Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kevin L. Baker, as well as the Women’s Choir, under the direction of Sara Guttenberg, will perform songs by various British composers. Why, the cast of Downton Abbey would relish such a concert.
Tickets are $6 for Adults, $4 for SUU faculty/staff and $3 for youth. SUU students are free with a valid I.D. card. For tickets, call or visit the SUU Ticket Office in the Centrum Arena at (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or purchase online at www.suu.edu/pva. Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the performance.
The British-themed evening will feature a variety of works by distinguished English composers ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Benjamin Britten. The Concert Choir performs In Windsor Forest, a five-movement cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams from his opera, Sir John in Love, which is based on Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Opus, SUU’s Chamber Choir, performs Fair Phyllis by John Farmer, Awake Sweet Love by John Dowland, You Are the New Day arranged by Peter Knight, Hard By a Chrystal Fountain by Thomas Morley, Lift Boy by Benjamin Britten, and the Finale from The Gondoliers by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
SUU’s Women’s Choir offers such wonderful British fare as Though Philomela Lost Her Love and Love Learns by Laughing, which are two of Thomas Morley’s Canzonets for Three Voices. In addition, the women perform Richard Goodall’s The Lord is My Shepherd (known to many as the theme song for BBC’s popular sitcom The Vicar of Dibley), Edward Elgar’s The Snow which features the choir, piano and two violinists, Katie Lee and Kezia Brown. The women’s program also includes C.H.H. Parry’s To Diana, conducted by SUU junior Karyn Child and Benjamin Britten’s A Tragic Story from Friday Afternoons, op. 7.
Enjoy a harmonious trip to the British Isles without leaving Utah. Your presence is kindly requested at A Very English Evening: Songs of Britain.