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The Natural World

June 5, 6, 7, 2015

Our June program features pieces about about roses, summer nights on the water, the blessings of rain, birds and other aspects of  nature, including insects! We’ll sing selections from Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen, The Blue Bird by Charles Stanford, To be sung of a summer night on the water by Frederik Delius, Water: Making Everything New by Sanford Dole, and, as a finale, Leonard Bernstein’s Make our Garden Grow from Candide. Our all-secular program combines a capella selections with songs accompanied by piano in a lovely prelude to summer.

Flora
Thomas Morley: Those dainty daffadillies
Morten Lauridsen: from Les Chansons des Roses
En Une Seule Fleur, Dirait-on
Halsey Stevens: Go, Lovely Rose
Benjamin Britten: The Evening Primrose
Paul Mealor: A Spotless Rose
Eric Whitacre: With a Lily in Your Hand

Aqua
Sanford Dole: Water: Making Everything New
Frederick Delius: To be sung of a summer night on the water
Mark Hayes (arr.): Wade in the Water

——— Intermission ———

Fauna
Robert A.M. Ross: Departmental
Abbie Betinis: Songs of Smaller Creatures
the bees’ song, a noiseless, patient spider, envoi (butterfly)
Jacques Arcadelt: Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno
Claudio Monteverdi: Quel Augellin Che Canta
Thomas Vautor: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Charles Stanford: The Blue Bird
John Lennon / Paul McCartney (arr. Daryl Runswick): Blackbird
Christine Donkin: Four Critters
The Duck, The Panther, The Guppy, The Llama
Leonard Bernstein: Make our Garden Grow (from Candide)

Read the program notes by artistic director Sanford Dole.

Join us for a preview lecture a half hour before each concert.

Campbell
Friday, June 5, 8:00pm
1675 Winchester Blvd.
Palo Alto
Saturday, June 6, 8:00pm
555 Waverley St (at Hamilton)
San Francisco
Sunday, June 7, 4:30pm
500 De Haro St.

Note that the Saturday and Sunday venues are the reverse of our usual schedule.