Know for his lush melodies, and mastery of writing for the human voice, Love Letters is by turns tender, angry, dramatic, and heart-breaking. Comprised of seven movements with flute and piano, Love Letters features letters penned by notable historic women including: Vanessa to Jonathan Swift, Sophia Peabody to Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Catherine of Aragon to Henry VIII. Paulus’ music echos the styles of the times of the letter writers. Don’t miss your chance to hear this rarely-performed, beautiful work.
Artistic Director Scott Schoonover will conduct the Missouri Women’s Chorus in a spirited reading of Love Letters with flutist Ann Dolan and pianist Cathy Benton.
The concert continues with several additional letters and compositions written by women or set to music by female composers. Ranging from “Remember the Ladies,” Abigail Adams' funny and poignant letter to her husband John dated March 31, 1776, urging him to include women when forming the new government, to the reflective “Sunshine and Cloudless Sky” from Anne Frank: A Living Voice, and finally the heartbreaking "Be Grateful My Soul" based on Minister Norbert Čapek's final letter from prison before his execution by the Gestapo.
Also featured on the concert will be selections from Juliana Hall’s Letters From Edna which consists of letters sent by the great American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay describing the people she met, places she went, and the experiences she had with great enthusiasm and energy. Her touching accounts of friendship, and her final loving testament to her mother, are expressed with her characteristic wit and tenderness. Written for solo voice and piano, Letters From Edna will highlight the artistry and extraordinary voices of the Missouri Women’s Chorus.
Tickets $12 in advance $15 at the door
O Frondens Virga
I Wonder as I Wander
Resonet in laudibus
I Saw Three Ships
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
and Veni, Veni Emmanuel