Arias and Barcarolles

A production of  
  

Gerald Finley Sings Stanford

On the program:

From Waves of the Sea, Six Irish Lyrics for Medium Voice and Piano: The Fiddler of Dooney; When You Are Old; Sweet Dancer; (W. B. Yeats)
Joe Dan Harper, tenor; Anne Kissel Harper, piano

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford - Songs of the Sea, op. 91
Gerald Finley, baritone; BBC National CHorus and Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox

(photo of Gerald Finley by Sim Canetty-Clarke)
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ABOUT ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES

“You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to Leonard Bernstein after a White House concert in 1960



Leonard Bernstein was so taken by President Eisenhower’s remark that 30 years later, he produced a song-cycle called "Arias and Barcarolles," with a theme Bernstein described as “The politics of love.”

Similarly inspired, Cathy Fuller lends her voice to the weekend with a program devoted to an exploration of song - and the art of the vocal recital. Perhaps with a Barcarolle or two!

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