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Maui Chamber Orchestra concert sure to delight romantics

By Staff | Feb 6, 2020

Versatile singers — clockwise from top left, Molly Schad, Tracey Bloser, Chad Somers and Gary Leavitt — will perform at the Maui Chamber Orchestra concert.

KIHEI – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Maui Chamber Orchestra will offer the second program in its Chamber Music Series: “MUSIC FOR FOUR VOICES: Love, from the Renaissance to Broadway,” on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at Kihei Baptist Chapel.

The concert features three of Maui’s most versatile singers – Molly Schad, Tracey Bloser and Gary Leavitt – joined by Chad Somers of Martinez, California, a Juilliard-trained tenor who made his debut with MCO in December. Collaborating with them from the piano will be Lotus Dancer and John Rowehl

The centerpiece of the program is “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Love Song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms, a set of charming quartets, duets and solos for four voices and four-hand piano, setting the poetry of Georg Friedrich Daumer, which draws on rich imagery from the natural world in the style typical of the Romantic era.

Leading into the Brahms are a set of madrigals from the Renaissance, illustrating the contrasting styles of English, French and Italian composers of the era. The set includes popular works by Morley, Farmer, de Rore, Arcadelt, Josquin des Prez and Janequin that showcase their extraordinary text-painting skills and playful treatment of double-entendres.

The second half opens with three sumptuous works by Samuel Barber, the neo-Romantic American composer perhaps best known for his “Adagio for Strings,” followed by a stunning setting by young composer Mari Esabel Valverde of the William Butler Yeats poem “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.”

The final act of the program journeys to the Great White Way, with its modern take on the promises and pitfalls of love.

Each of the four singers is heard in a solo number, and they join forces one final time for a special quintet arrangement of the Sondheim classic “Being Alive.”

Tickets are $30 ($20 for seniors and $10 for students), available at mauichamberorchestra.org.