Commemorative recital has special message for the future

News Sep 16, 2020 by Leonard Turnevicius Hamilton Spectator

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

Praised by Rudyard Kipling as “the most beautiful expression of sorrow in the English language,” this stanza from British poet Laurence Binyon’s 1914 ode “For the Fallen” is regularly recited at memorial and Remembrance services throughout the Commonwealth.

While British composers Cyril Rootham and Sir Edward Elgar wasted little time in setting Binyon’s ode for chorus and orchestra, Canadian composers, too, were duly inspired. Arnold Walter composed a setting for chorus and orchestra in 1949. Six years later, Robert Fleming, then staff composer at the National Film Board, set stanzas four, six and seven of “For the Fallen” for solo voice and keyboard. The result, 51 bars of music on two and a half pages of manuscript, drips with bittersweet lyricism.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., you can view Hamilton-based baritone Jeremy Ludwig singing Fleming’s “For the Fallen” as The Linden Project premières its “Songs of War and Peace” vocal recital on its YouTube channel.

Ludwig had never sung the Fleming before. It was his wife and The Linden Project co-artistic director, soprano Julie Ludwig, who came across the piece while scouting out repertoire on the Canadian Music Centre’s website.

“It’s a moving, lyrical, accessible setting of a well-known text,” Jeremy told The Spectator.

The “Songs of War and Peace” recital was to have been performed in June, but was scrubbed due to the coronavirus. The Ludwigs began thinking about virtual options back in April.

“We kind of observed what other concert presenters were doing to get a sense of what might be most effective,” said Julie.

However, they opted not to do the recital live.

“We felt we could get better production values by pre-recording the recital, allowing us to integrate imagery and translations much more seamlessly than if we’d livestreamed,” Julie said. “We also tend to select intimate venues for our concerts and it would have been difficult for an audience to maintain proper physical distancing.”

The recital, videotaped in a four-hour session on Aug. 31 in St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian by Toronto-based recording engineer Ryan Harper, also features Hamilton-based tenor Bud Roach and Toronto-based collaborative pianist Suzy Smith.

The program commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

“Early on when I was brainstorming concert themes, I realized 2020 would mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II,” said Julie. “From there, I sought to put together a program that would take us on a kind of journey from war to peace. This program certainly reflects on the tragedy of war, but I think it will leave our audience with a renewed hope for enduring peace.”

The recital opens with Ludwig and Roach alternating in selections from George Butterworth’s “Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad” and Kurt Weill’s “Four Walt Whitman Songs” respectively. Roach will also sing Srul Irving Glick’s “Boi v’shalom” (Come, bring peace) as well as nostalgic numbers such as “The White Cliffs of Dover.” Ludwig will counter with Andrew Staniland’s “Road to Berlin,” and Francis Poulenc’s “Priez pour paix” among others. They’ll end, à la Simon & Garfunkel, with Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream.”

This will be the first of three YouTube recitals for The Linden Project in 2020-2021, funding for the series secured via a City Enrichment Fund grant and a GoFundMe campaign.

“Even during such a precarious time, we’ve continued to be able to cover all of our expenses without running a deficit,” said Julie. “Needless to say, we’re very glad we’re finally able to bring this program to our audience.”

Donation-based tickets can be purchased at: lindenproject.ticketleap.com/songs-of-war-and-peace/.

*****

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bayfront Park Gazebo, Cem Zafir’s SomethingElse! series continues with Fog Brass Band. Maximum outdoor capacity: 100. Bring your own masks, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Bottled water available. Free admission, but donations welcome.

Leonard Turnevicius writes about classical music for The Hamilton Spectator.leonardturnevicius@gmail.com

Commemorative recital has special message for the future

Leonard Turnevicius: ‘Songs of Peace and War’ will provide ‘renewed hope for enduring peace’

News Sep 16, 2020 by Leonard Turnevicius Hamilton Spectator

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

Praised by Rudyard Kipling as “the most beautiful expression of sorrow in the English language,” this stanza from British poet Laurence Binyon’s 1914 ode “For the Fallen” is regularly recited at memorial and Remembrance services throughout the Commonwealth.

While British composers Cyril Rootham and Sir Edward Elgar wasted little time in setting Binyon’s ode for chorus and orchestra, Canadian composers, too, were duly inspired. Arnold Walter composed a setting for chorus and orchestra in 1949. Six years later, Robert Fleming, then staff composer at the National Film Board, set stanzas four, six and seven of “For the Fallen” for solo voice and keyboard. The result, 51 bars of music on two and a half pages of manuscript, drips with bittersweet lyricism.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., you can view Hamilton-based baritone Jeremy Ludwig singing Fleming’s “For the Fallen” as The Linden Project premières its “Songs of War and Peace” vocal recital on its YouTube channel.

Ludwig had never sung the Fleming before. It was his wife and The Linden Project co-artistic director, soprano Julie Ludwig, who came across the piece while scouting out repertoire on the Canadian Music Centre’s website.

“It’s a moving, lyrical, accessible setting of a well-known text,” Jeremy told The Spectator.

The “Songs of War and Peace” recital was to have been performed in June, but was scrubbed due to the coronavirus. The Ludwigs began thinking about virtual options back in April.

“We kind of observed what other concert presenters were doing to get a sense of what might be most effective,” said Julie.

However, they opted not to do the recital live.

“We felt we could get better production values by pre-recording the recital, allowing us to integrate imagery and translations much more seamlessly than if we’d livestreamed,” Julie said. “We also tend to select intimate venues for our concerts and it would have been difficult for an audience to maintain proper physical distancing.”

The recital, videotaped in a four-hour session on Aug. 31 in St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian by Toronto-based recording engineer Ryan Harper, also features Hamilton-based tenor Bud Roach and Toronto-based collaborative pianist Suzy Smith.

The program commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

“Early on when I was brainstorming concert themes, I realized 2020 would mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II,” said Julie. “From there, I sought to put together a program that would take us on a kind of journey from war to peace. This program certainly reflects on the tragedy of war, but I think it will leave our audience with a renewed hope for enduring peace.”

The recital opens with Ludwig and Roach alternating in selections from George Butterworth’s “Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad” and Kurt Weill’s “Four Walt Whitman Songs” respectively. Roach will also sing Srul Irving Glick’s “Boi v’shalom” (Come, bring peace) as well as nostalgic numbers such as “The White Cliffs of Dover.” Ludwig will counter with Andrew Staniland’s “Road to Berlin,” and Francis Poulenc’s “Priez pour paix” among others. They’ll end, à la Simon & Garfunkel, with Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream.”

This will be the first of three YouTube recitals for The Linden Project in 2020-2021, funding for the series secured via a City Enrichment Fund grant and a GoFundMe campaign.

“Even during such a precarious time, we’ve continued to be able to cover all of our expenses without running a deficit,” said Julie. “Needless to say, we’re very glad we’re finally able to bring this program to our audience.”

Donation-based tickets can be purchased at: lindenproject.ticketleap.com/songs-of-war-and-peace/.

*****

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bayfront Park Gazebo, Cem Zafir’s SomethingElse! series continues with Fog Brass Band. Maximum outdoor capacity: 100. Bring your own masks, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Bottled water available. Free admission, but donations welcome.

Leonard Turnevicius writes about classical music for The Hamilton Spectator.leonardturnevicius@gmail.com

Commemorative recital has special message for the future

Leonard Turnevicius: ‘Songs of Peace and War’ will provide ‘renewed hope for enduring peace’

News Sep 16, 2020 by Leonard Turnevicius Hamilton Spectator

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

Praised by Rudyard Kipling as “the most beautiful expression of sorrow in the English language,” this stanza from British poet Laurence Binyon’s 1914 ode “For the Fallen” is regularly recited at memorial and Remembrance services throughout the Commonwealth.

While British composers Cyril Rootham and Sir Edward Elgar wasted little time in setting Binyon’s ode for chorus and orchestra, Canadian composers, too, were duly inspired. Arnold Walter composed a setting for chorus and orchestra in 1949. Six years later, Robert Fleming, then staff composer at the National Film Board, set stanzas four, six and seven of “For the Fallen” for solo voice and keyboard. The result, 51 bars of music on two and a half pages of manuscript, drips with bittersweet lyricism.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., you can view Hamilton-based baritone Jeremy Ludwig singing Fleming’s “For the Fallen” as The Linden Project premières its “Songs of War and Peace” vocal recital on its YouTube channel.

Ludwig had never sung the Fleming before. It was his wife and The Linden Project co-artistic director, soprano Julie Ludwig, who came across the piece while scouting out repertoire on the Canadian Music Centre’s website.

“It’s a moving, lyrical, accessible setting of a well-known text,” Jeremy told The Spectator.

The “Songs of War and Peace” recital was to have been performed in June, but was scrubbed due to the coronavirus. The Ludwigs began thinking about virtual options back in April.

“We kind of observed what other concert presenters were doing to get a sense of what might be most effective,” said Julie.

However, they opted not to do the recital live.

“We felt we could get better production values by pre-recording the recital, allowing us to integrate imagery and translations much more seamlessly than if we’d livestreamed,” Julie said. “We also tend to select intimate venues for our concerts and it would have been difficult for an audience to maintain proper physical distancing.”

The recital, videotaped in a four-hour session on Aug. 31 in St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian by Toronto-based recording engineer Ryan Harper, also features Hamilton-based tenor Bud Roach and Toronto-based collaborative pianist Suzy Smith.

The program commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

“Early on when I was brainstorming concert themes, I realized 2020 would mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II,” said Julie. “From there, I sought to put together a program that would take us on a kind of journey from war to peace. This program certainly reflects on the tragedy of war, but I think it will leave our audience with a renewed hope for enduring peace.”

The recital opens with Ludwig and Roach alternating in selections from George Butterworth’s “Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad” and Kurt Weill’s “Four Walt Whitman Songs” respectively. Roach will also sing Srul Irving Glick’s “Boi v’shalom” (Come, bring peace) as well as nostalgic numbers such as “The White Cliffs of Dover.” Ludwig will counter with Andrew Staniland’s “Road to Berlin,” and Francis Poulenc’s “Priez pour paix” among others. They’ll end, à la Simon & Garfunkel, with Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream.”

This will be the first of three YouTube recitals for The Linden Project in 2020-2021, funding for the series secured via a City Enrichment Fund grant and a GoFundMe campaign.

“Even during such a precarious time, we’ve continued to be able to cover all of our expenses without running a deficit,” said Julie. “Needless to say, we’re very glad we’re finally able to bring this program to our audience.”

Donation-based tickets can be purchased at: lindenproject.ticketleap.com/songs-of-war-and-peace/.

*****

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bayfront Park Gazebo, Cem Zafir’s SomethingElse! series continues with Fog Brass Band. Maximum outdoor capacity: 100. Bring your own masks, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Bottled water available. Free admission, but donations welcome.

Leonard Turnevicius writes about classical music for The Hamilton Spectator.leonardturnevicius@gmail.com