Quoddy Voices will present its spring concerts on Friday, May 18 at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm, at the Eastport Arts Center. Our program, “Something About Love,” will explore the many different aspects of love and romance. It begins with three classic English madrigals filled with heartfelt adoration and humor, as well as the sorrow of rejection.
In Gustav Holst’s setting of the Cornish folk tune, “I Love My Love,” we learn of the return of the lover from the sea to rescue his maiden; and spring is certainly in the air with John Clements’ “Flower of Beauty.”
The Quoddy Voice Shantiers will regale the audience with “Shenandoah” and a couple of “love” shanties. Manuela Brice takes the stage in two masterpieces of the German Romantic solo song literature, Franz Schubert’s “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel” and Robert Schumann’s “Dedication,” composed for his new bride, Clara.
Jennifer Gillies is soloist in the lyrical and moving “She’s Like the Swallow,” a folk song from Newfoundland. Quite a bit more upbeat is an adaptation of “Reuben and Rachel,” a 19th century American tune based upon the kind of teasing banter in which lovers may engage from time to time.
There is a good chance that the audience will enjoy the group’s presentations of three popular selections: “Love Makes the World Go Round” (from the musical Carousel), a swinging Cole Porter tune, featuring soloist Melissa Newcomb, and The Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” with guest clarinetist Kai Barker.
The program concludes with works by the American contemporary composers: Gwyneth Walker (settings of two ecstatic love poems of May Swenson) and Joan Szymko (with an inspirational text by Saint Teresa of Calcutta).
Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region to make music together. John Newell directs the ensemble and Lee Downing is the piano accompanist.
Suggested donation for the concert is $12; students under the age of 18 will be admitted free. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 853-4010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.