Love songs at the heart of concert this weekend

Performances in Annapolis to feature opera, Broadway

Howard Live

October 02, 2003|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night, like softest music to attending ears," says Romeo in Act II of Shakespeare's ultimate love tragedy.

That silver sweetness will reverberate in the lofty space of Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis this weekend when coloratura soprano Kathleen Kinhan, tenor Vincent Tulli Chambers and baritone Joseph Specter visit the church for a program of vocal music, "Love Songs Through the Ages."

"Music in general touches people on a visceral level," says Tulli Chambers, who has sung with New York's Dicapo, Amato and Regina opera companies.

"The reaction is instantaneous. You hear poetry, and maybe a day later you're still processing the words, checking to see if they had an impact on you. Listen to a Puccini love duet, though, and bang, you're getting it right then and there."

The "attending ears" at the recital scheduled for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon will be treated to some of the most ardently presented music ever composed.

Several selections from the operas of Donizetti will be performed, most notably the meltingly melodic tenor aria "Una furtiva lagrima," which Tulli Chambers has selected from the opera L'elisir d'amore.

Other treats from the opera stage are "O soave fanciulla," the soaring love duet from Puccini's La Boheme, "Caro nome," the soprano's hyperactive declaration of love from Verdi's Rigoletto, and the most sumptuous tenor-baritone duet of all, "Au fond du temple saint" from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

Mixed in with all of this lovestruck operatic fare will be classic Broadway tunes by Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim, as well as sets of songs by Lerner and Loewe and Gilbert and Sullivan in which the soloists will be assisted by members of the Unitarian Church Choir.

Kinhan, Tulli Chambers and Specter will appear in concert with pianist Martin Bejerano at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the door.

The church is at 333 Dubois Road, just off Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Information: 410-849-3611.

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