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A Holiday Concert "From Our Heart"...

posted Dec 17, 2011, 10:38 AM by Steven Vaughan
We have a concert today, Sunday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m. (just prior to the Annual Lighting of Trees and Angels) to finally dedicate our “new” piano, a tradition churches do when they gain an instrument.  But it’s not going to be your typical piano recital!  Our very own parishioners and a featured guest will sing and pay homage to both the instrument and the Christmas holiday in this festive cabaret…

Piano solos include a performance by parishioner Claire Recamier of Von fremden Ländern und Menschen, from Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen, or “Scenes from Childhood”.  I’m playing Frédéric Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu, and you might recognize the melody of the middle section from the song I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.

Maribeth Dono will sing A Green Lowland of Pianos by Samuel Barber.  In this setting of a Polish surrealist poem, herds of black pianos appear in the evening, up to their knees in the bog.  Then back on stage, they lie down like cows and stare at the audience!

And did you know there’s a Christmas version of Chopsticks?  Alexandra and Lizzy High will both explain it and perform it for you!

We also have a featured guest from our own neighborhood, mezzo-soprano Marissa Tarangelo.  Marissa currently sings with the NY Choral Society and the NY Chamber Singers, and has appeared with Brooklyn Repertory Opera and dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.   She’s singing Franz Shubert’s Ganymed, Goethe’s poem in which a mythic youth is seduced by the beauty of spring.    She’s also performing O thou that tallest good tidings to Zion from Handel’s Messiah

Of course, there will also be a few Christmas “Carols”, and a couple of surprises to put you in the holiday spirit.  So see you today at 4:30!
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