By this time in a normal year, EChO would have begun rehearsals for our March production, but as we all know, 2021 is far from a normal year. What we are planning at this point is to present a virtual performance, some time this spring or early summer, of new works by our resident composer Francis Lynch. When exactly this takes place and where it will be recorded are still to be determined. Along with a number of shorter art songs and instrumental works, the centerpiece of the program will be a 20-minute opera duologue for soprano and mezzo-soprano entitled Voices at Domrémy which Lynch completed in June 2020. The tentative program is listed here and is subject to change as the year unfolds.
Midnight Ramble for String Quartet
Chanson de Joie for Oboe and String Quartet
Ode to a Nightingale (John Keats)
On the Beach at Night (Walt Whitman)
La Belle Dame Sans Merci (John Keats)
Songs of Spring (Rosamund Marriott Watson)
Voices at Domrémy (Hortense Flexner)
A peasant girl comes to the ruined church in the village of Domrémy during the First World War to pray to Jeanne D’Arc (Joan of Arc). An unnamed girl, dressed like herself, emerges from the church. They engage in an at times heated discussion of how Jeanne D’Arc might have ended the war.