Come whistle far and wee!
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful as the balloonman whistles far and wee during WordSong’s multiple interpretations of the E.E. Cumming poem inJust-.
If you thought this might be just an evening of poetry and song (as the title suggests) you were quite wrong! Wordsong strives to explore a new concert format in which text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings and afterwards becomes the focus of a conversation between composers, performers, and the audience. This opens a dialogue among participants about various points of view, preconceptions, and emotional impacts of the words and music making it a truly special event.
In addition to a great concept, the evening includes enormous local talents performing in an intimate setting right in Union Square, Somerville. The composers of the four settings are Howard Frazin, Benjamin Pesetsky, Tom Schnauber, and Adam Jacob Simon. The performers of each piece are mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, marimbist Brandon Ilaw, and cellist Rafael Popper Keizer (upper right).
Thea Lobo (featured right) is rapidly being recognized as a highly musical and flexible soloist and ensemble singer. She has appeared under the baton of such conductors as Harry Christophers, Martin Pearlman, Stephen Stubbs, and Helmuth Rilling, and has been featured with musical organizations including Firebird Ensemble, Chorus pro Musica, Boston Early Music Festival and Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart.
We hope you can join us for a whimsical and imaginative evening.