Ornithology

An aviary featuring Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, world premiers by Chris Pratorius-Gómez, and other birds

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm

Chris Pratorius-Gómez, concert director and piano
Roy Malan, violin; Polly Malan, viola
David Long, piano

Special guests Ariose Singers, conducted by Camille Couture

Celebrating the connections between birds and music, this concert will present representations of our winged neighbors. The achingly beautiful The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams will anchor the concert, featuring local legend Roy Malan. Special guests Ariose Singers, conducted by Camille Couture, will present the charming Le chant des oiseaux, a famous French madrigal, the stunning Lark by Aaron Copland and the premiere of 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, a setting of the pithy poem by Wallace Stevens, composed by director Pratorius-Gómez.

Other chirps will include the little known but lush Fairyland by English composer Holbrooke, Vaughan Williams’ lovely 6 Studies in English Folk Song and another premiere, a fantasy on Charlie Parker’s Ornithology, where the classic be-bop tune will be transfigured into a serene meditation accompanied by recordings of birds from throughout Santa Cruz County.

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Tickets may be purchased online.

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