Following up our January 16 post featuring Jonathan Mack, here is a second Britten folk song setting. The author of “At the mid hour of night” was poet and songwriter Thomas Moore’s, whose collection “Irish Melodies” from was published in 1807. Moore’s poem is typical of the lyrical nostalgia found in much Irish poetry of that era. Jonathan’s rendition of Britten’s arrangement perfectly captures this feeling.
Click here to view the video of Jonathan Mack singing “At the mid hour of night.”
Kristof Van Grysperre is at the piano. This is from the 2013 concert by the Spacious Vision Song Project at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA.
“Britten in Song” is today! Nov. 10 at 5:00 at The Parish Church of St. Mark, Episcopal in Glendale, 1010 N. Brand Blvd. It will be a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s repertoire for the solo voice. Not only is the repertoire varied, but so are the voices! Sopranos Bianca Hall and Ariel Pisturino, tenor Arnold Geis, and baritone David Castillo are all uniquely compelling vocalists and performers. Add to this the talents of internationally acclaimed tenor Jonathan Mack and the pianistic finesse of Kristof van Grysperre, and the only possible result is an extraordinary recital.
This is a general admission event, and no tickets are
required. We don’t know what is in your hearts, or your budget, but we are counting on visitors to make some sort of donation to help us cover the costs of this event. We would gratefully accept cash or a check, as is convenient.
Parking is free in the church parking lot (behind the church on Dryden) and on adjacent streets. Refreshments or a light meal before or after the program are available at Recess, only a few steps away from the church on Brand Blvd.
There will be a brief pre-concert talk about Britten and his music at 5:00, and then it’s off to the races! We hope to see you.
We are honored to announce that acclaimed tenor Jonathan Mack will join us for “Britten in Song.” Jonathan’s operatic repertory spans more than 50 operatic roles, and he has performed with the Los Angeles Opera over more than 18 seasons, as well as appearing with companies such as the Netherlands Opera, Vancouver Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Opera Columbus. His concert credits include solo appearances with major orchestras such as the London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Minnesota Orchestra. The list of conductors with whom he has worked in opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire is extensive, and includes Carlo-Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Christopher Hogwood, and Michael Tilson-Thomas. Jonathan has also diversified his career work with studio singing for more than 100 projects, ranging from television’s Studio 60 to The Simpsons Movie. When not sharing his artistry in performance, Jonathan teaches at the University of Southern California, Chapman University, and in master class settings around the United States.