Friday, July 20, 2007

Katharine Dain, soprano; and Andrew Earis, organ

Here is the program from a wonderful soprano and organ concert I went to last night at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. It featured Chapel Hill native Katharine Dain, soprano; and organist Andrew Earis.

Laudate Dominum (Claudio Monteverdi)
Les Angelus (Louis Vierne)
I. Au Matin
II. A Midi
III. A Soir
Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera (Antonio Vivaldi)
I. Aria
II. Recitative
III. Aria
IV. Alleluia
"The Black River" (Gavin Bryars)
Fantasia of Four Parts (organ) (Orlando Gibbons)
"A Divine Hymn" (Henry Purcell)
"An Evening Hymn" (Purcell)

The Bryars piece is his setting of Jules Verne's Vingt Milles Lieues Sous Les Mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), Part I., Chapter XIV. It was an exquisite marriage of word and text, and Earis' accompaniments were brilliant. Their encore piece was George Gershwin's "Summertime". Very nicely done.

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