Clear Voices in the Dark

Eastern Massachusetts
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport MA | Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA
Event date: 
03 Jun 2023 to 04 Jun 2023
Start Time: 
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Matthew Guard, Artistic Director

Skylark presents a program featuring Francis Poulenc's stunning Figure Humaine.

Francis Poulenc’s Figure Humaine is one of the greatest works ever composed for unaccompanied choir – composed in 1943 in occupied France, and based on resistance-inspired poems by Paul Éluard, it is a stunning 8-movement exploration of the grim realities of war, culminating in an optimistic and embattled cry for liberty in the face of oppression. Skylark’s innovative concert program, Clear Voices in the Dark, is a powerful cross-cultural statement about the expressive power of the arts, and specifically the human voice, in times of tragedy. Interspersed between Poulenc’s stirring and complex settings, Skylark offers far simpler (but no less beautiful) musical images from the American Civil War era. Skylark shares some well-known pieces that have remained in the popular consciousness, as well as beautiful war-inspired songs that have long since been forgotten (and only found thanks to the Duke University Historical Archives).

There will be a pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to each concert.

Tickets: $20-75
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SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2023  |  7 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
166 High St, Newburyport, MA 01950

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2023  |  3 pm
Church of the Redeemer
379 Hammond St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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