Cantilena Chamber Choir recreates
Music of the Gilded Age as part of the Berkshire Coaching Weekend.
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will premiere scenes from ETHAN FROME - A new three act opera by Composer Caryn Block Sunday, October 7, 2012- 5:00 pm at Trinity Church 88 Walker Street, Lenox, Massachusetts. There will be a Lecture/Demonstration October 6, 2012- 4 pm. on ETHAN FROME Opera – Presented by The Mount – Edith Wharton Estate & Gardens 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts.
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a concert version of scenes from award-winning composer Caryn Block’s new opera ETHAN FROME, conducted by Andrea Goodman. The music will include select choral scenes numbers drawn from the three act opera and dramatic arias, duets and trios for the principal characters in Wharton’s tragic love story based in the Berkshire Mountain region.
Also on the program will be live performances of Gilded Age music by Edward MacDowell, Stephen Foster and more, to be sung in combination with original Gilded Age recordings on Edison and Victrola phonograph records of performances by leading singers of the day Alma Gluck and Thomas Chalmers. These recordings are provided by music specialist Wally Stock and will be played on turn of the century phonograph machines. One of the works, Carry Me back to Old Virginny, will have the solo sung by Ms. Gluck on a 1916 recording and then the chorus part by Cantilena. It was the first recording ever to sell 1,000,000 copies.
A self-taught piano player with an interest in the music of the Gilded Age, Wally Stock amassed a collection of vintage phonograph records. In a recent talk at Lenox’s Ventfort hall, he played selections of these recordings for the audience. For the concert he will play the recordings on both the Edison machine and the Victrola, operated through the use of a spring wound by hand.
Another gem on the program is the Gloria from “Mozart’s Twelfth Mass’, a work actually composed by Wenzel Muller in the early 19th century, but passed off for decades as a work by Mozart to reap the benefits of a large number of copies sold under his name!
Coaching Weekend in the Berkshires takes place October 6, 7, and 8. A step back in time, relive the Gilded Age of sport coaching and see the coaches as they travel to historic sites in Lenox and Stockbridge. For information visit www.berkshirecoachingweekend.com
All seats: $15.
Trinity Church, 88 Walker St. Lenox, MA.