Fourth Annual Musicians Concert – May 3, 2015
This year the theme of the concert was “Simple Gifts,” the music of Aaron Copeland. It began with the well-known “Fanfare for the Common Man,” played by the band, and included Copland’s settings of some of Emily Dickinson’s poems and some of his Old American Songs sung by our augmented concert choir. The handbell choir played the concert theme, “Simple Gifts.” The solo piano piece was Le Chat et la Souris (the cat and the mouse) which has a “Tom and Jerry” style musical storyline! The concert concluded with everyone singing an early version of “Simple Gifts,” borrowed from the Shaker dance melody, and made more widespread when it was used as the melody for “Lord of the Dance,” written in 1963. The concert choir was conducted by Steve Davis of the Virginia Benefit Chorale.
I bought me a cat by Aaron Copland (Old American Songs)
Third Annual Musicians Concert – May 4, 2014
This year’s theme was, “Vive La France,” with music from France, or inspired by all things French. The Wind Ensemble started the concert with the Marseillaise (French National Anthem) and Bransle de Chevaux by Thoinot Arbeau. Two of our young people danced to the Arbeau. The concert choir sang the Cantique de Jean Racine; Carol Wyncoop (front right) sang En priere and Dana Wiggins (center front)sang Pie Jesus from the Requiem, all by Gabriel Faure. They closed the concert with a Quodlibet for St. Luke!
Second Annual Musicians Concert – May 5, 2013
The first half of the concert was various St. Luke musicians and friends performing music of their choice. The second half of the concert was a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s, “Gloria,” given by the augmented Chancel Choir, the Belle Isle Strings, with guest soprano Kelsey Snyder. Instrumentalists were Trumpet: Calvin Vonada, Oboe: David Munro, Organ: Pamela McClain.