ViVoce Summer Concerts, Welcome Summer! Love Stories & Sunshine
Join Portland Revels at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church for two June concerts by Portland Revels women's a capella vocal ensemble includes songs and stories in the folk tradition from Hungary, Bosnia, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, England, Ireland and Wales, and other works. Lead by music director Bennett Bailey and assistant music director Jamie Webster, the group performs a number of songs from Eastern Europe, including "Coconitsa", a wedding dance for the bride's attendants from the Transylvanian region of Romania; and "Ceresenka Se Kivala," a Slovakian song in which the singer likens the beauty of nature to his sweetheart. The group also sings songs from the British Isles, including "Tiocfaidh an Samhradh" (Summer is Come), one of the best-known and most haunting of sad Irish love-songs from Donegal.
The group also performs a sacred work by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548 20 August 1611), the most famous 16th century composer of Spain's Counter-Reformation. His compositions are characterized by mystical intensity and direct emotional appeal, according to some critics. "O Sacrum Convivium" speaks of the love and renewal of mind and spirit. William Byrd's "Upon a Summer's Day" continues the concert's summer theme.
Rounding out this wide selection of music, the group also performs a selection by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), a Hungarian composer. One of the first to study and collect folk tales and folk songs in any language, in 1905 Kodály visited remote villages, recording songs on phonograph cylinders. His deep connection to the land also resulted in his composing "Mountain Nights," a "song without words for women's voices." This work expresses the composer's deep love for mountains. "Mountains," he told his biographer Laszlo Esosze, "have their own songs."
Bob and Anne-Louise Sterry entertain with their telling of "The Fish Maid," a charming Hungarian folk tale. The audience will join ViVoce to Welcome Summer officially, singing "Country Life," a rousing traditional English song of the seasons.
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (View)
1704 NE 43rd
Portland, OR 97213
|Minimum Age: 6|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|