Concert 2019

Our fourth concert, Legends, Lands, & Laments took place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Bellevue, WA. Below you will find links to photos, programs, and samples from the concert.

Our 4th season was inspired by Sir William Leighton’s 1613 collection of poems entitled The Teares and Lamentatacions of a Sorrowfull Soule. One year after its initial publication, it was re-released with 55 of the poems set to music composed by 21 different composers of the day. Leighton must have had amazing connections, because the composers he conscripted for this second edition included a rather deep bench of the most famous madrigalists in England.

For this program, we picked six of the composers featured in Leighton’s work, and presented one of their contributions sung by a small quartet. We then followed up this sample with one or two of that composer’s madrigals, some rather well-known, mixed in with some outliers. These madrigals all featured references to either Greek mythology or travel to faraway lands.

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Concert Program

Program notes © 2019, Aaron Giles. Click to download the full program as a PDF.

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Conductor & Coach

Legends, Lands, & Laments was coached and conducted by Heather MacLaughlin Garbes. Heather is the Founder and Artistic Director for the Mägi Ensemble, and also conducts the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle, and works with the Eesti Koor (Estonian) and Vakarai Lithuanian choirs in Seattle.

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Our 2019 participants (back row, left-to-right): Aaron Giles, Jim Whitehead, Heather Irwin, Doug Wyatt, Sam Hauer, Dawn Fosse Cook, Gail Erickson, Christopher Kruse, John LaFond; (front row, left-to-right): Trevor Tsang, Vera Giles, Rick Commo, Betsy Baeskens, Elaine Tsang, Kathy Rausch, Abigail Rausch, Heather MacLaughlin Garbes.

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Concert Videos

Below are some videos of a few works from our 2019 concert: You can also view the full concert via this YouTube playlist.

What needeth all this travail / O fools! can you not see? by John Wilbye

Thule, the period of cosmography / The Andalusian merchant by Thomas Weelkes

I see ambition never pleas'd by Orlando Gibbons

A satyr once did run away by John Ward

Rest, sweet nymphs by Francis Pilkington

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Photography by Philip D. Lanum
The Fell Types are digitally reproduced by Igino Marini.