Vox Femina's From Shakespeare to Shamrocks Celebrates St. Patty's
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The last date listed for From Shakespeare to Shamrocks was Saturday March 17, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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Join Vox for a bi-cultural evening of classic Shakespeare sonnets and a wee bit of authentic Irish music sung in Gaelic. From classical works to folk songs, celebrate England, Scotland and Ireland’s many traditions old and new.
The first half of this concert is music set to Shakespeare’s texts. Though there has been a long tradition of setting Shakespeare’s texts to music, it is usually composed with both male and female voices in mind. We’ll be turning history upside down with our arrangements purely for the female voice. Irish and Scottish music will comprise the latter part of the concert. First will be a set of Scottish “waulking” folk songs, traditionally sung by woman as they gathered to clean clothes.
The last piece of the evening, A Setting of the Irish Blessing was written specifically for Vox by Graeme Langager, and originally performed during our 2007-2008 season. This particular piece was commissioned as a tribute to Lynn Bielefelt, a dear friend and long-time supporter of Vox, who passed from cancer.