In celebration of National Poetry Month here in April, the Cheah Chan Duo (Phillip Cheah, voice; Trudy Chan, piano) will be presenting a unique recital of songs exploring different musical settings of the same texts on Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 pm at the historic Church of St. Luke in the Fields in the West Village (487 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014).
The program includes the following poems and their corresponding musical settings:
“Heart, we will forget him” by Emily Dickinson, with musical settings by Aaron Copland and Richard Hundley
“Soupir” by Stéphane Mallarmé, with musical settings by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel
“What lips my lips have kissed” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, with musical settings by Leonard Bernstein and Jack Beeson
“Ferry me across the water” by Christina Rossetti, with musical settings by Daron Hagen and Ned Rorem
“Who is Sylvia” from Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (in observance of the 400th anniversary of his passing), with musical settings by Gerald Finzi and Franz Schubert
“Music, when soft voices die” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, with musical settings by Samuel Barber and Roger Quilter
“Now sleeps the crimson petal” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, with musical settings by Roger Quilter and Ned Rorem
“La lune blanche” by Paul Marie Verlaine, with musical settings by Frederick Delius, Gabriel Fauré, and Reynaldo Hahn
“La Fuite de la Lune” by Oscar Wilde, with musical settings by Charles Griffes and Nicolas Slonimsky
“Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by William Butler Yeats, with musical settings by Rebecca Clarke, Thomas Dunhill, and Frank J. Oteri
Tickets are available for purchase in advance for $15 at oldwineinnewbottles.brownpapertickets.com or at the door for $20 (cash and credit accepted).
The CHEAH CHAN DUO, now in their seventh season, have performed at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Cornelia Street Café, and Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia as part of the 2011 Music of Now Marathon. Their concert programs have included a 90th birthday tribute concert to Ned Rorem, an evening devoted to the music of Frank J. Oteri (featuring the world première of the ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund commissioned song cycle Versions of the Truth, composed expressly for them) and four nation-themed programs: an evening of French mélodies and short instrumental pieces for Bastille Day; a Time Out New York-featured program of British art songs; an American evening; and a German/Austrian liederabend. They have additionally premièred songs written for them by Chris Cresswell, Jonathan David, and Drew Hemenger.