The Chantry Singers will be joined by Guitarist Andrew Crowdy and Pianist Angelina Palmblad in a concert of American Music. The tour will travel from South to North America, beginning with the famous “Misa Criolla” by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez. We continue northwards, keeping in touch with the Spanish roots of much of South American music with “Los Conflades de la estrella” by one of Peru’s greatest Baroque composers, Juan de Araujo.
It’s a delightful piece, full of typical cross-rhythms, as it tells the story of the country folk running and dancing on their way to see the infant Jesus in a (very hispanic sounding) Bethlehem.
The tour makes its way north by way of a Mexican lullaby to a bridge in the form of“El Cóndor Pasa”, originally a South American instrumental piece, made most famous when Simon and Garfunkel made it the basis for their 1965 track “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)”.
For the second half of the concert, we make our way firmly into the North, with a celebration of the music of Gershwin. “A Gershwin Portrait” includes excerpts from Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris together with all his most famous songs, including “I got Rhythm”, “Summertime”, “It Aint Necessarily So”, “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’”,“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “S’Wonderful”, “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”, “They All Laughed”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “Lady Be Good” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”.