Songs Sacred and Profane

Songs Sacred and Profane

Last June I had the delightful opportunity to put together a recital with my Prairie View colleague Wendy Bergin.  She runs the Church of the Good Shepherd Music Festival in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She led a small chamber ensemble in a program of Handel arias, the lovely Prayer of St. Gregory by Alan Hovhaness, and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate.  I also sang a few Britten folk song arrangements and a few songs from Pictures of the Floating World by Zachary Wadsworth, with Andrew Schneider at the piano.  It was a wonderful night; the ensemble and audience all contributed to one of those rare concerts where everything seems to go right.  I had always wanted to sing the Mozart, and what a pleasure it was to it with such a sensitive group of musicians!

Here are a few clips from the concert:

Mozart: Exultate, Jubilate, K165

Exultate, Jubilate

Tu virginum corona

Alleluia

Handel: Endless Pleasure from Semele

Endless Pleasure, Endless Love

Britten: Sweet Polly Oliver

Sweet Polly Oliver

Wendy and I will collaborate on another recital next year!  We are planning a program of music for flute and soprano, which will probably happen in January.  Look for more details on that soon!