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Artistic Director and Conductor Michael Tamte-Horan's blog is devoted to information about CANTATICA concert program's (repertoire, composers, recordings, videos, and musical scores) and Michael's radio program, First Sunday on Hearing Voices, WDIY Allentown, 88.1 FM and, heard the first Sunday of every month, 7:00-9:00 PM.


PROGRAM: SUMMER IN AMERICA - Music of Contemporary American Composers - Sunday, July 2, 2017


08       Aria: Ain’t It a Pretty Night from the opera SUSANNAH (1954) - Carlisle Floyd (American, b.
 1926) - 5:42

Text/libretto: by the composer

Performer: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Orchestra of St. Luke's; David Zinman, conductor

CD: The World So Wide - Nonesuch 1998


01       Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 - art song for soprano and orchestra - Samuel Osmond Barber II

           (American, 1910-1981) - 15:09

Text: by 20th century American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic, James Agee

Performer: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Orchestra of St. Luke's; David Zinman, conductor

CD: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 - NONESUCH (2011)


09       Movement I. Fern Hill from A DYLAN THOMAS TRIOLOGY (1959-76, revised 1999) - John Corigliano (American

           b. 1938) - 15:38

For mezzo-soprano, chamber choir and orchestra

Text: the 20th century Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas

Performer: Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; University of Texas Chamber Singers; University of Texas Chamber Orchestra; James Morrow, conductor

CD: American Choral Music: Ives, Copland, Foss, Persichetti, and Corigliano - Naxos American Classics (2006)


10       Sure on this shining night, Op. 13, No. 3 - Samuel Osmond Barber II (American/Pennsylvanian,1910-1981)  -


Text: “Description of Elysium”, stanzas 6-8 from the poem “Permit Me Voyage” by 20th century American author James Agee

09       Nocturne, Op. 13, No. 4 - Samuel Osmond Barber II - 4:05

Text: 20th Century American writer Frederich Prokosch

Performer: Nathan Gunn, baritone; Kevin Murphy, piano

CD: American Anthem - EMI CLASSICS (1999)


NOCTURNES (2005) - Morten Lauridsen (American, b. 1943)

Song cycle for chorus and piano

Original three-movement version

06       I.   Sa nuit dete (French: It’s Summer Night) - 3:30

           Text: Rainer Maria Rilke (late 19th/early 20th century German poet and novelist)

07       II.  Soneto de la noche (Spanish: Night Sonnet) - 5:55

           Text: Pablo Neruda (20th century Chilean poet and diplomat)

09       III. Sure on this Shining Night - 4:52

           Text: Verses 6-8 from the poem “Permit Me Voyage” by James Agee, 20th century American author)

Performer: Morten Lauridsen, piano; British choral ensemble, Polyphony; Stephen Layton, conductor

CD: Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes - HYPERION (2007)


13       She Wasn’t You -  From the 1929 musical “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” - Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner;

           Music by Burton Lane (1912-1997) -   2:37

05       A medley of two songs arranged by Michael Starobin: Marry Me - From the 1984 musical “The Rink” - Lyrics

           by Fred Ebb; Music by John Kander (John Harold Kander, b. 1927), and Manhattan - From The Garrick

           Gaeities, the musical revues of 1925, 26 and 30 - Rogers and Hart: Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; Music by Richard

           Rodgers (1902-1979) - 4:19

Performer: Jerry Hadley, tenor; The American Theatre Orchestra; Paul Gemignani, Musical Director and Conductor

CD: Standing Room Only - RCA Legacy 1992


03       The Love I Long For - Vladimir Alexandrovitch Dukelsky/Vernon Duke (1903–1969) - 3:45

Performer: Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Fred Hersch, piano

CD: Dawn Upshaw Sings Vernon Duke - Nonesuch (2005)


07       When I Fall in Love – Popular song introduced in the 1952 film “One Minute to Zero” - Lyrics: Edward

           Heyman, Music: Victor Young (American composer, arranger, violinist and conductor; 1900-1956) - 4:10

11       Begin the Beguine - Popular song introduced in the 1935 Broadway musical “Jubilee” - Lyrics and Music: Cole

           Porter/Cole Albert Porter (American, 1891–1964) - 4:16

04       Night and Day - Popular song written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce - Lyrics and Music: Cole Porter -


Performer: The King’s Singers

CD: The King's Singers: Great American Songbook – Signum (2013)

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First Sunday on Hearing Voices is heard the first Sunday of each month, 7:00-9:00 PM, on WDIY Allentown 88.1 FM and (LISTEN LIVE). The program focuses on new music for solo voices, vocal chamber ensembles, and choirs - contemporary classical music, music of the theater, as well as new arrangements of a wide assortment of music including traditional folk hymns, songs and spirituals; popular music standards, and even some vocal jazz. All created and performed by classical musicians.

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