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Sir William Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment
Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Featuring Hila Plitmann, soprano, Fred Child, host of “Performance Today”, and Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
“Redolent of the Jazz Age and Dada and coloured with a devil-may-care insouciance…it has an inventive charm and vivacity that proves it is more than a period piece.”
-The Telegraph, UK
When this unique work was premiered in 1923 it created a furor, with audiences and critics at polar opposites, some disdaining its unconventional, modern form and others transfixed by the mix of melody and verse. A kind of early rap, the work sets poems by Edith Sitwell to music by William Walton—both iconic, adventurous artists of their day—with the poems read in rhythm to the music. The Virginia Arts Festival production of this rarely-heard work features gifted instrumentalists conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and a cast of “reciters” including the “agile, radiant” (The New York Times) soprano Hila Plitmann, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, whose “compelling delivery” rings “with drama and conviction” (The Morning Call), and the host of NPR’s Performance Today, Fred Childs. You will find yourself humming these haunting melodies, and recalling these lovely verses, long after the performance is over.
About The Host: VAF mission is to bring world-class performing arts to our citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students, commission new works, and make a positive and tangible difference in the Hampton Roads community.
Website Link: www.vafest.org
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