St. James Episcopal Church, West St., Danbury, Phone: 203-748-1716.
On Sat, at 8 p.m. The Danbury
Concert Chorus and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra will combine forces.
The title is a reference both to
the infrequent performances of the music as well as to the texts.
Toward the Unknown Region, composed by Englishman Ralph Vaughan Williams
with texts by American poet Walt Whitman, will open the program. William
Grant Still, known as the Dean of African American Composers, composed
Wailing Woman, a Holocaust piece, sung to a text by his wife, Verna
Arvey, who was Jewish. This piece is for chorus, orchestra and soprano
soloist, and Danbury resident, Cheryl Hill, will be the featured soloist
in this Danbury premiere. The final piece on the program is Sergei
Taneyev's John of Damascus, for chorus and orchestra, and will be sung
in its original Russian. The piece is seldom performed in the USA
although it has enjoyed a rebirth in Russia since the fall of the Soviet
This free performance is made possible thanks to major funding from Toni
K. and John Pepe, and Margaret Imbro; also, through a contribution by
Mary Ellen Whaley in memory of her daughter, Dawn Ellen, former
principal clarinetist in the Danbury Symphony and member of the Danbury
Music Centre Board of Directors.
Donations at the door are gratefully accepted.
For additional information, call the Danbury Music Centre