Heartstrings: Songs of Love Won & Lost by Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble Sunday, July 20, 4pm AND 7:30pm All Tickets: $5 Information: Information at 802-824-3704 and www.sundaysonthehill.org Counterpoint, Vermont's professional vocal ensemble, will be joined by a quintet of local professional string players, for a concert entitled “Heartstrings: Songs of Love Lost and Won,” under the direction of Artistic Director Nathaniel G. Lew.
“Music lovers will adore this repertory,” said Lew, “Not only are we adding strings to Brahms’s famous Love-Song Waltzes, which is a rare treat, but we have works by Puccini and Beethoven, and a special Vermont accent to start the show.”
All the works lament lost love or celebrate new-found passion, and each is quintessentially expressive in a different way. The program includes sets of songs by the two most admired American choral composers of our time: Morten Lauridsen’s characteristically lush Chansons des Roses and Eric Whitacre’s romantic Five Hebrew Love Songs. The musicians also perform a deeply moving but little-known short work by Beethoven, the Elegiac Song. In keeping with Counterpoint’s mission to perform works by local composers, the concert opens with verses from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night set to music by Brookfield-based Erik Nielsen. The strings on their own play the passionate elegy Chrysanthemums by Giacomo Puccini. The program closes with Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, one of the most beloved choral works of all time, in a rarely heard arrangement with string accompaniment.
Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble Nathaniel G. Lew, Artistic Director Robert De Cormier, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Charlie Briggs, tenor Colleen Flynn Campbell, soprano Neil Cerutti, tenor Marjorie Drysdale , soprano Stephen Falbel, bass Zebulun McLellan, baritone Allison D. Mills, soprano Bethany L. Plissey, soprano Kevin Quigley, baritone Linda Radtke, alto Cameron Steinmetz, tenor Lindsey Warren, mezzo-soprano
Musicians Sofia Hirsch & Pam Reit, violin Paul Reynolds, viola Suzanne Polk, cello Evan Premo, bass
Founded by legendary choral director and arranger Robert De Cormier in 2000, and based in Montpelier, Counterpoint is dedicated performing choral chamber music and engaging with student musicians to enhance the cultural life of communities in Vermont and beyond. Praised for their "clarity, skill" and "sophisticated musical expressiveness," the ensemble presents concerts throughout New England and the surrounding region, and has toured the Midwest. The group has recorded seven CDs with Albany Records and has released three further CDs independently.