Old Main Historical and Community Arts Center in Galesville presents Steven Marking and Beth Ekern Lakmann in a concert of American Art Songs. The concert takes place on Friday, June 22, 2012 and features the works of Charles Ives and Lee Hoiby. Also on the program are the entertaining songs of Flanders and Swann. Tickets are $15 and available in advance at Common Market in Galesville (608)582-4442 and Blue Cup Coffee House in Holmen (608)526-6177.
Charles Ives composed music completely devoid of European tradition, creating art songs that are distinctively American. Most are short snippets of life in America that effectively mirror the paintings of Norman Rockwell. Songs like In the Alley, Charlie Rutlage, At the River, and The Light That is Felt. Each paints a picture of early american life that draws in to in to the scene and into the character being presented.
Lee Hoiby is a living composer with virtuoso piano skills that make the voice and piano true duets. They challenge the voice and piano in ways that make for over the top expression. Songs with multiple meters like The Serpent (written for Leontyne Price) and serpendulous rhythms of Jabberwocky, to the sweet inspirational verses of Where The Music Comes From, Hoiby paints animated soundscapes that are intricate and beautiful at the same time.
The British composing duo Flanders and Swann produced comic and satirical songs in a sophisticated style. This set of songs personifies plants and animals in familiar situations that delight and entertain audiences old and young.
More information on Steven Marking is available at: stevenmarking.com