Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 3pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Newport, VT
This program features works by Thomas L. Read of Burlington and Anna Patton of Brattleboro from our most recent commissioning project. Read’s Late and Soon, Six Climate Choruses explores the art of maintaining sanity in the face of folly. It includes the works of Vermont poets Verandah Porche, F.D. Reeve, and Sharon Webster and creates individual, poetic vignettes that vary in approach but are all mindful of the past and future of our changing environment.
Patton’s composition is a setting of a selection of poems from the work “Dart” by British poet, Alice Oswald - a work born out of conversations with people who live and work along the River Dart in Devon, England. The settings follow the eels swimming under the surface, the forester working along the river in the presence of the water nymph, the swimmer moving into the water- world with a dramatic splash, the harbor with its boat voices and boat builders – all of these riding on the flow of the River as it makes its way from source to outlet.
In addition to these recent works, Social Band will share several “old” favorites in its repertoire of Vermont-made compositions, including works by Don Jamison and Bill Drislane.
Unfamiliar with Social Band? This Burlington-based chorus presents a cappella choral music to the public, encourages new compositions especially by local composers, and fosters the joyful and thought-provoking expression of music. Social Band organizes its programs around themes, weaving poetry and song to create an experience that feeds listeners’ hearts and heads. And, while we take the power of music very seriously, we tend to take ourselves a little less so, bringing a sense of exuberance and fun to our singing.
Join us for some delightful music in a delightful setting!