DaCapo’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind”

I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind.”

Like the recent symphony concert I went to, it was an occasion to enjoy beautiful music I hadn’t heard before. The program had a Shakespeare theme, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death.

Here’s the program:

  • Harry Friedman — Songs from Shakespeare
  • Stephen Chatman — Blow, blow thou winter wind*
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams — Three Shakespeare Songs
  • David Archer — In Sweet Music
  • Jaakko Mäntyjärvi — Four Shakespeare Songs
  • George Shearing — Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare*+

I’ve indicated with a * the pieces for which Catherine Robertson played the piano. I’ve indicated with a + the piece for which Greg Prior played the string bass.

Colin Fox, an actor who’s performed at the Stratford Festival among many other places, read some excerpts from Shakespeare in between a few of the pieces. I didn’t expect this to be a significant aspect of the program — but it was very effective.

David Archer was the winner of the NewWorks competition last year, and the choir performed his winning composition — this was its world premiere.

The choir is conducted by Leonard Enns.

I previously reviewed DaCapo’s concert “Winding Toward Peace.”

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