The Singers at UVa-Wise, a college-community choir of some twenty singers, will present a concert of the music of Kurt Weill (1900 – 1950), the noted German – American composer of opera and Broadway musicals, on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 P.M. in the Chapel of All Faiths on the campus of UVa-Wise. The public is cordially invited.
The Singers, under the direction of D. Michael Donathan, Emeritus Professor of Music at UVa-Wise, with Kathy Stewart as accompanist, will perform a concert reading of the American folk opera “Down in the Valley” (1948) with libretto by Arnold Sundgaard.
Based on Appalachian folk songs “Down in the Valley”, “The Lonesome Dove” by Jean Thomas and Joseph Leeder, “The Little Black Train” “Hop Up, My Ladies” and “Sourwood Mountain”, the opera, only 35 minutes in length, tells the simple story of a young man (Brack Weaver) who falls in love with a young woman (Jenny Parsons) and the tragedy that occurs in their lives.
In addition to the opera, individual Singers will perform songs from Weill’s Broadway musicals including “September Song” from Knickerbocker Holiday (1938), “The Saga of Jenny” and “My Ship” from Lady in the Dark (1941), “Speak Low” from One Touch of Venus (1943), “Lost in the Stars” from Lost in the Stars (1949), and “Apple Jack” from the unfinished musical Huckleberry Finn (1950).
For information concerning The Singers at UVa-Wise contact D. Michael Donathan at firstname.lastname@example.org