BAR HARBOR — Four members of the School of Music faculty at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. will present a concert of classical music and jazz standards on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Saviour’s Church as part of the Mount Desert Summer Chorale’s (MDSC) fiftieth anniversary celebration.
The recital, entitled “Songs of Love and Remembrance” features soprano Carole FitzPatrick, flutist Heather Landes, and pianists Michael Kocour and Russell Ryan.
Landes is the director of the ASU School of Music, Kocour is head of the jazz program, FitzPatrick is head of the voice faculty, and Ryan teaches in the collaborative piano program. All are colleagues of MDSC music director David Schildkret.
The concert was planned when several friends from the ASU music faculty decided to come to Maine to hear their colleagues Gordon Hawkins and Carole FitzPatrick sing in Elijah.
“The ASU music faculty is a very congenial bunch,” says Schildkret. “And when they’re all in one place, they can’t resist giving a concert! It’s a great opportunity for MDI to hear some fabulous musicians they wouldn’t ordinarily meet.”
The first half of the program is classically oriented. There are arias by Bach and Handel, solo flute pieces by Saint-Saëns and Hüe, and a set of songs by André Previn. The first half ends with “Songs of Innocence,” a setting of poetry by William Blake for soprano, flute, and piano by beloved New England composer Daniel Pinkham.
The second half are all jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. They are arranged by Michael Kocour especially for this ensemble, and they include such favorites as “Love Walked In,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “My Funny Valentine,” and many others.
“ASU is about crossing boundaries,” Schildkret says. “Anytime we see ourselves in a box, we ask, why? Why can’t so-called classical musicians perform jazz—and vice versa? We often find the results refreshing and illuminating, to say nothing of the chance for people to work together who might not do so normally. This program, a delightful way to spend a summer evening, is typical of ASU’s spirit of non-conformity and friendship.”
Admission to the concert is by voluntary donation at the door ($15 suggested). All proceeds benefit the Mount Desert Summer Chorale. Visit summerchorale.org or call 244-0042.