Las Américas en Concierto


Fiscal Year:2017


Composers:Alba Potes, Felipe Nieto, Stephanie Griffin, Jeff Nichols, Liam Kaplan, Jayme Ovalle, Gentil Montaña, Natalia van Hissenhoven, Amelia Krinke, Charles Ives, Frank Brickle

Performance:St. Luke's in the Field

Date:30 May 2017

Performers:Vox n Plux, Elizabeth Farnum, Matthew Greenbaum, Stephanie Griffin

May 30
St. Luke’s in the Field

Colombian composers Alba Potes and Felip Nieto assemble composers and musicians from all over the western hemisphere. For May 30, they created an varied program of music by composers from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, and the US.

The north/sound dialogue is best seen in the juxaposition of two settings of the same poem in English and Spanish:

III. (Cradle Song)
poem by Augusta Ives (Charles’ Aunt?), set by Charles Ives

Hush thee, dear child, to slumbers;
We will sing softest numbers;
Naught thy sleeping encumbers

Summer is slowly dying;
Autumnal winds are sighing;
faded leaflets are flying;

Brightly the willows quiver;
Peacefully flows the river;
So shall love flow forever.

(Canción de Cuna)
translation of August Ives’ poem by Alba Potes, set for soprano, guitar and tiple by Alba Potes

Calma mi niño, duérmete
tú y yo cantaremos suavemente
que nada enturbie tu sueño

Lento el verano se está yendo;
los vientos del otoño cantan,
las hojas en pedazos vuelan,

los brillos de los sauces tiemblan;
fluye el río en calma y así
fluirá el amor siempre.

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