William Shakespeare’s sonnets and stage works overflow with some of the most vivid and vibrant texts ever written in the English language. “Shakespeare and Friends,” features texts by Shakespeare both in song and dramatic presentations, as well as the works of various 17th century composers whose music resonated in the hearts and minds of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
The concert will also feature the Handel and Haydn Society’s Young Women’s Chorus (YWC), directed by Alyson Greer. The ensemble’s 70 members come from more than 40 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Founded in 1998, YWC has consistently demonstrated its ability to perform challenging and interesting repertoire above the typical level for high school female choral ensembles. It performs classical repertoire in a variety of languages, along with spirituals, jazz, folksongs, and 20th and 21st century contemporary music. Since 2004, YWC has performed locally in Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, and participated in festivals with the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Wellesley College Choir, sung with ensembles such as the New England Philharmonic Orchestra, Winsor Music, and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, and appeared at four major fundraising events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Project Place. Last year the ensemble participated in its first overseas concert tour, performing in Austria and the Czech Republic. Its 2015–2016 season includes a collaboration with the Metropolitan Chorale in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass and with the Heritage Chorale in the concert “Shakespeare and Friends".
Thank you for the generous support!!!
This program is supported in part by a generous grant from the Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.