The McDaniel College Department of Music will present “An Evening of Madrigals,” Monday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in (Little) Baker Chapel. The Madrigal Singers, the premier vocal ensemble at McDaniel College, are under the direction of music department chair Margaret Boudreaux.
The concert will offer very diverse acapella styles, covering several nations and a wide range of cultures and periods. The majority of the program will consist of Renaissance music and poetry, primarily about romantic love, but other genres include vocal jazz with “Pavanne for a True Musical Prince” by Milcho Leviev, and traditional spiritual with “Steal Away,” arranged by Moses Hogan. “While nearly all the Renaissance music is very light-hearted, these two works are intensely emotional,” says Boudreaux.
Some pieces mix time periods, such as a set of songs by modern California composer Matthew Harris based on texts by William Shakespeare, and a 17th century piece by Henry Purcell titled “Nymphs and Shepherds.” The latter was originally a solo piece, which Boudreaux has arranged for mixed voices.
Another highlight, the Argentinian piece “Alma llanera,” will feature the singers imitating instruments as well as singing Spanish lyrics. German, Italian, and French selections will also be performed and audience participation will be encouraged throughout the program.
The Madrigal Singers are selected from the membership of the McDaniel College Choir. They perform exclusively unaccompanied vocal music, primarily Renaissance Madrigals, but also an extensive variety of world music and vocal jazz.
This year’s Madrigal Singers are Clarissa Balint, Rachel Brown, Matthew Butt, Erna Hammond, Josh Harding, Malcolm Jones, Joanne McCoy, Foster McDaniel, Erin Morris, Emma Richard, and Melissa Williams.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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