The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra will welcome The University Singers in presenting "Love & Fate," a concert with works by Fauré, Ravel and Orff. This is the second concert in the 2007-2008 season, and it will be conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin and Guest Conductor Michael Slon. The concert will be on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00pm, with a second performance on Sunday, November 11 at 3:30pm.
French is the language of choice on the first half of the program, and German appears to dominate after intermission. That is true, at least, for the composers - but their music is far more international, as are the time periods embraced by their music. Gabriel Fauré's Pavane sets the stage with an elegant instrumental movement that leaves specifics to imagination. We know not when this Pavane is danced, only that the pace is sedate, the mood melancholy. By contrast, Maurice Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloé is by turns brilliant and sensuous. His adaptation of the ancient tale of shepherds and pirates deals with love, separation, reuniting, and a celebratory bacchanal. The ballet merges Greco-Roman legend, eighteenth-century idealized pastorale, and the adventuresome sonorities of early twentieth-century music.
Following intermission, the University Singers join CUSO in Carl Orff's perennially popular Carmina Burana. This is the 'fate' portion of the program: 'O Fortuna,' intones the imposing opening and closing chorus. The texts are a multicultural jumble of medieval German, French, and Latin, discovered in the mid-19th century in a remote Bavarian monastery. Orff's settings suggest the simplicity of medieval music, but also take advantage of an oversized percussion section and two pianos. It makes for a thrilling ride.
The University Singers will perform Orff's Carmina Burana with the Symphony. Founded in 1957, they are the University of Virginia's premiere mixed voice ensemble. Directed by Michael Slon, the chorus is almost one hundred voices strong and includes undergraduate and graduate students. Mr. Slon is a member of the music faculty at the University whose credits include being the interim conductor for the Symphony and conducting the UVA Chamber Singers. The University Singers have toured across the United States and Europe and have sung in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Additional performers and soloists in Carmina Burana include the Virginia Consort Youth Chorale, directed by Judith Gary; Soprano Alison Trainer; Tenor Christopher Pfund; and Baritone James Taylor.
Free pre-concert lectures will be held in Minor Hall starting 45 minutes before each concert. They will be led by McIntire Department of Music Associate Professor Richard Will. In addition, Ms. Tamarkin will continue her popular "Noon Notes" lecture series. "Noon Notes" is held each Friday before concert weekends, at noon, in the Downtown branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Daphnes and Chloé Suite No.2
with The University Singers
UVA Chamber Singers
Virginia Consort Youth Chorale
Alison Trainer, Soprano
Christopher Pfund, Tenor
James Taylor, Baritone
Michael Slon, conducting
Tickets: Single tickets range from $11 to $28 and can be purchased at the Cabell Hall Box Office at (434) 924-3984, 12pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Student tickets are $11 and UVa students may use ARTS$. For more information, visit www.cvillesymphony.org.