The Lyric Consort of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., will perform “A Planxty for St. Patrick” on Sunday, March 9, beginning at 4 p.m., in the church’s sanctuary.
According to organizers, the a cappella program will celebrate the legacy of St. Patrick with music, limericks, toasts and blessings. A “planxty” is a tune written to honor some person but, organizers say, this program will honor not only Ireland’s patron saint, but also the whole Irish musical culture.
The Lyric Consort plans to sing various Irish folk songs as well as art music by Irish composers and novelty and sentimental songs. Examples of the folk song repertoire will include “The Lark in the Clear Air,” “The Minstrel Boy,” “The Wearin’ of the Green,” “The Star of the County Down” and “The Rocky Road to Dublin.” Examples of art music Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s “The Blue Bird,” and American Samuel Barber’s “The Coolin,” which sets an old Irish poem to music. “Phil the Fluter’s Ball” and “Columbus Was an Irishman,” will be part of the planned humorous numbers while sentimental favorites will include “Danny Boy,” “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” “The Irish Lullaby,” “Galway Bay” and “My Wild Irish Rose.”
Members of the Lyric Consort are Susan Kelly and Leslie Mason Moran, sopranos; Carol McMullen and Lisa Cardoni, altos; Alan Baker and Steven Thomas, tenors; and Francis McMullen and Chris Gallo, basses. Alan Baker also guides the group as its artistic director. 2013-2014 marks the group’s 20th anniversary as an ensemble.
The Lyric Consort formed in 1993 as a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to historically informed performance of the a cappella repertories of the medieval and renaissance periods. Initial success with such music has led to a gradual broadening of the ensemble’s repertoire to encompass art music of the seventeenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as a variety of multi-cultural and folk-based music. There is no charge for this concert, but a free-will offering will be taken to help support the Arts at First Presbyterian Church series. This series is supported in part by a Lackawanna County arts and culture grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on Arts, Culture and Education; by a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant, which is administered by the Pocono Arts Council and by gifts from individual donors.
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