Spring 2019 Concert
Da Camera Singers will present a concert celebrating voices that have expressed dissent through their historical actions, their poetry, or their musical compositions. The concert will feature the music of Suffragette and English composer Ethel Smyth, African-American composer and concert pianist Margaret Bonds, Jewish composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, White-American composer and organist William Albright, and Latinx composer and conductor Francisco J. Núñez. We will bring the voices of Joan of Arc and Antigone to life in compositions based on their words. The repertoire includes settings of the poetry of Langston Hughes and Eric Gamalinda.
Our guest artist, Anika Nailah, will present her own spoken poetry and be our narrator for Langston Hughes’ “I’ve Known Rivers,” and Bernstein’s “The Lark.” Ms. Nailah is a local poet and author of the recently published Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments.
Our guest pianist, Nancy Babb, will perform settings of spirituals by Bonds.
Friday, May 31, at 8:00 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Sunday, June 2, at 3:00 p.m. in the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield, MA.
Winter 2019 Concert
This concert featured Medieval and Early Renaissance pieces (“Then”), and three newly minted commissions (“Now”). The “Then” portion included Clement Janequin, ““Le Chant Des Oiseaux.” Heather Reichgott accompanied the chorus.
The “Now” portion of the program highlighted works in Da Camera’s Young Composers Project. Young composers from the New England region submitted short choral pieces to Da Camera Singers, and three pieces were chosen for performance. The young composers participated in a workshop with Da Camera and were assigned mentors from among established local composers for the purpose of refining and polishing their pieces.
This project generated a lot of excitement in the Massachusetts music worlds, resulting in supporting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Choral Arts New England.
Friday, January 18, 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
and Sunday, January 20, 3 p.m. in the Raymond Concert Hall, Rhodes Performing Arts Center, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA.
We’re sorry we had to cancel the Sunday concert in Gill due to weather. Happily, all three young composers were present for the Friday evening performance.