The words of great poets have often been employed as lyrics by choral composers. No finer examples exist than Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana,” a choral setting of the poems of Robert Frost, “Three Madrigals” by Emma Lou Diemer, and John Rutter’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind.” The latter two borrow the words of the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, William Shakespeare. In performing these selections in its Winter Concert, the Hudson Valley Chorale conveys a variety of moods, from peaceful bucolic images to jocular Elizabethan critiques on life.
As an added attraction, lyric soprano, Veronica Iovan will be the featured guest soloist in a set of operatic selections. Ms. Iovan has been a frequent performer with the New Jersey State Opera, most recently this past December, joining with several other young artists in “An Operatic Christmas Card.”
To round out the program, the chorale will turn to another great literary source, the writings of Victor Hugo and the musical setting of his novel,“Les Misérables.” The group will perform selections from this iconic and much-loved musical. Indeed, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
Mark your calendar and save the date: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3 pm. Light refreshments will be served following the concert.