1300 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Autumn Song, Op. 56, No. 1 by Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944)
Four Songs for Children, Op. 75 by Amy Marcy Beach
- The Candy Lion
- The Thanksgiving Fable
- Prayer of a Tired Child
Sleep, Little Darling, Op. 29, No. 3 by Amy Marcy Beach
Breanna Hanson, soprano and Annie Center, piano
- Very slowly. Introduction of the characters, one by one, in a suffused light.
- Fast/Allegro. Sudden burst of unison strings in A major arpeggios starts the action. A sentiment both elated and religious gives the keynote to this scene.
- Moderate/Moderato. Duo for the Bride and her Intended – scene of tenderness and passion.
- Quite fast. The Revivalist and his flock. Folksy feeling – suggestions of square dances and country fiddlers.
- Still faster/Subito Allegro. Solo dance of the Bride – presentiment of motherhood. Extremes of joy and fear and wonder.
- Very slowly (as at first). Transition scene to music reminiscent of the introduction.
- Calm and flowing/Doppio Movimento. Scenes of daily activity for the Bride and her Farmer husband. There are five variations on a Shaker theme. The theme, sung by a solo clarinet, was taken from a collection of Shaker melodies compiled by Edward D. Andrews, and published under the title “The Gift to Be Simple.” The melody borrowed and used almost literally is called “Simple Gifts.”
- Moderate. Coda/Moderato – Coda. The Bride takes her place among her neighbors. At the end the couple are left “quiet and strong in their new house.” Muted strings intone a hushed prayerlike chorale passage. The close is reminiscent of the opening music.
Karin McCullough, piano
I Hate Music by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
- My mother says that babies come in bottles
- Jupiter has seven moons
- I hate music
- A big Indian and a little Indian
- I just found out today that I’m a person too
Tiina Ritalahti, soprano and Annie Center, piano