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Classical music education: This Sunday the Madison Youth Choirs will present their Winter Concert Series celebrating “Shakespeare 400 “

By Jacob Stockinger This winter, the Madison Youth Choirs are joining cultural institutions around the world by celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (below) and his ongoing legacy. Singers of various ages will perform musical settings from the plays Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Tempest by composers including William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn , Benjamin Britten , Giuseppe Verdi , Cesar Franck , Ralph Vaughan Williams , Gerald Finzi, John Rutter and others. Examining the role that motif, tension, structure and rhythm play in the repertoire and Shakespeare’s vast body of work, the choirs will explore the elements that combine to create compelling art that stands the test of time. The MYC Winter Concerts, “Shakespeare 400,” will take place this Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (below), 1609 University Ave., near Camp Randall stadium . Here is the schedule: 1:30 p.m. Girl choirs; 4 p.m. Boy choirs; 7 p.m. High School Ensembles Tickets will be available at the door. Admission to each of the three concerts is $10 for the general public, $5 for students 7-18, and free for children under 7 PROGRAMS Here is the repertoire for the MYC 2016 Winter Concert Series “Shakespeare 400”: 1:30 p.m. Concert (Featuring MYC Girlchoirs) Choraliers “Hey Ho! To the Greenwood” by William Byrd “Spirits” by Douglas Beam “Orpheus With His Lute” by Ralph Vaughan Williams “Double, Double Toil and Trouble” by Leeann Starkey photo Con Gioia “When Icicles Hang by the Wall” by David Lantz III “You Spotted Snakes” by Toby Young “Ban Ban Caliban” by Dan Forrest Capriccio “Hark! The Echoing Air” by Henry Purcell “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” by Sarah Quartel “Philomel with Melody” and “I Will Wind Thee in My Arms” by Cary Ratliff “It Was a Lover and His Lass” by John Rutter Cantabile When Icicles Hang” by Stephen Hatfield “Che faceste” from Macbeth (sung in Italian) by Giuseppi Verdi 4 p.m. Concert (Featuring MYC Boychoirs) Combined Boychoirs “One December, Bright and Clear” Traditional Catalonian carol, arr. By Wilberg “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck Purcell “Chairs to Mend” by William Hayes “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” by John Rutter (heard in the YouTube video at the bottom) “The Coasts of High Barbary” Traditional English sea song, arr. By Julseth-Heinrich Britten “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind” by Roger Quilter “Full Fathom Five” by John Ireland “Who is Silvia” by Franz Schubert Holst “Full Fathom Five” by Robert Johnson “Sing We and Chant It” by Thomas Morley Ragazzi “Come Away, Death” by Gerald Finzi “The Witching Hour” by Brandon Ayres 7 p.m. Concert (Featuring High School Ensembles) Cantilena “The Willow Song” by Arthur Sullivan “Willow, Willow, Willow” by Charles H.H. Parry “Fair Oriana Seeming to Wink at Folly” by Robert Jones “You Spotted Snakes” (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) by Felix Mendelssohn “Give Them Thy Fingers” by Stefan Kalmer Ragazzi “Four Arms, Two Necks, One Wreathing” by Thomas Weelkes “Come Away, Death” by Gerald Finzi “And Draw Her Home with Music” by Nancy Hill Cobb “The Witching Hour” by Brandon Ayres Cantabile “Che faceste” from Macbeth (sung in Italian) by Giuseppi Verdi “Come Away, Death” by Roger Quilter Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten “When Icicles Hang” by Stephen Hatfield Cantabile and Ragazzi “Ave Verum Corpus” by William Byrd “Jingle, Bells!” by James Pierpont, arr. by David Wilcocks These concerts are generously endowed by the Diane Ballweg Performance Fund with additional support from the American Girl’s Fund for Children, BMO Harris Bank and the Wisconsin Arts Board. About the Madison Youth Choirs (MYC): Recognized as an innovator in youth choral music education, Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) welcomes singers of all ability levels, annually serving more than 1,000 young people, ages 7-18, through a wide variety of choral programs in our community. Cultivating a comprehensive music education philosophy that inspires self-confidence, personal responsibility, and a spirit of inquiry leading students to become “expert noticers,” MYC creates accessible, meaningful opportunities for youth to thrive in the arts and beyond. For further information, contact: Nicole Sparacino, Madison Youth Choirs, or call (608) 238-7464 Tagged: A Midsummer Night's Dream , arrangements , Art , Arthur Sullivan , Arts , Baroque , Benjamin Britten , boy choir , boychoir , boys , Byrd , cantabile , Capriccio , Carol , Catalonia , Cesar Franck , Chamber music , chant , choral music , Classical music , comedy , David Wilcocks , death , drama , elementary school , folk song , Franz Schubert , Gerald Finzi , girls , girls choir , high school , Holst , Ireland , Italian , Jacob Stockinger , John Ireland , John Rutter , legacy , Love's Labour's Lost , lute , Madison , Madison Youth Choirs , Mendelssohn , Middle school , motif , Music , Music education , Orpheus , Parry , plays , Purcell , Ralph Vaughan Williams , rhythm , Schubert , sea , Shakepseare , snake , structure , Tempest , tension , Thomas Morley , tradition , traditional , tragedy , Twelfth Night , United States , University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , University of Wisconsin–Madison , Verdi , vocal music , William Shakespeare , William Shakespeare's plays , willow , Wind , winter , Wisconsin , Wisconsin Arts Board , youth choirs , YouTube

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