Written In The Stars
Relationships That Change
Our Musical Destiny
|The Abbey of Gethsemani|
With the music of John Jacob Niles and Poetry by Thomas Merton
Dr. Sherri Phelps, mezzo soprano
Dr. Rachel Taylor, piano
special guest Jacqueline Roberts
This multi-media concert will explore the music and development of Kentucky composer John Jacob Niles. Each era of the composer’s music will be highlighted through the use of photographs, audio and video-recordings.
Jacqueline Roberts, Niles singer and concert collaborator, will provide colorful vignettes to give context to each piece of music.
This recital will feature Kentucky native and Juilliard graduate Dr. Sherri Phelps; her radiant, focused mezzo-soprano voice illuminates Niles work with a depth of artistry. J. J. Niles’ lovely piano accompaniments will be played by University of Iowa and Northwestern alumni Dr. Rachel Taylor. The media and art direction are by musical theatre veteran and Juilliard graduate Chan Harris.
The second portion of the evening will also feature the rarely performed Niles-Merton Songs, with poetry by Thomas Merton, the well-known author and Trappist monk of The Abbey of Gethsemani (a monastery near Bardstown, Kentucky). These songs were written for Ms. Robert’s voice and represent Thomas Merton’s only musical partnership with a composer and a marked change toward 20th Century Art Song tradition in John Jacob Niles’ compositional style. This magnificent evening is the inaugural event of both the restored W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Theatre and the newly created concert series “Series With The Saints.”
Time: 7 PM
Date: February 24, 2011
Place: The W. Paul & Lucille Caudill Little Theatre
Sts. Peter and Paul School
423 West Short Street
Tickets: 859-254-9257 or www.stspeterandpaulschool.org
$8 adult-$5 Students
See you at the show!