Choral group Camerata d’Amici is proud to present its winter concert “Angel Band” on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT. Conducted by artistic director Kristin Sponheim, the program will feature a varied selection of songs inspired by themes of love, human connection and divine protection. “Angel Band” marks the first time Camerata d’Amici will perform one of its regular season concerts in Wilton, and the choir is excited to bring its music to a new community.
The program will begin with a variety of songs about love and human connection. “Sleighing Song” embarks on this theme, depicting the merriment and joy of a winter’s sleigh ride. In “The Weaver,” which will be sung by the choir’s chamber ensemble, an artisan weaves vibrant strands of yarn to create a family blanket. The chamber ensemble will also perform the sixteenth-century French chanson “Tant Que Vivray” (As Long As I Live), and the women of Camerata d’Amici will follow with an arrangement of the Ladino lullaby “Durme, Durme.” The first half of the concert will conclude with Jake Runestad’s “And So I Go On,” a piece about life continuing on, even in times of grief and loss.
The second half of the program includes Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “Only in Sleep,” an ethereal setting of a poem by Sara Teasdale about memories of childhood friends. Angelic protection is the theme of the concert’s title piece, “Angel Band,” sung a cappella, and returns in the American hymn “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” performed with a dramatic piano accompaniment. The concert will conclude with the jubilant spiritual “Way Over in Beulah Lan’,” arranged by Stacey Gibbs.
Now in its twelfth season, Camerata d’Amici is an auditioned choir made up of singers from Fairfield and Westchester counties. “Angel Band” will feature performances by the full group and a select chamber ensemble, men’s and women’s pieces, and vocal solos by Thomas Carr, Mia Herstatt and Juliet Pratt. Margarita Nuller will accompany the choir on piano.
Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. Advance tickets, with a reduced ticket price of $20 for adults, may be purchased at www.cameratadamici.org, or by check made payable to Camerata d’Amici at P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Online tickets are available through Friday, March 2. Follow Camerata d’Amici on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and listen to past performances on YouTube.
Camerata d’Amici performs with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Photo: Paul Seibert