Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

(Women of the) Cream City Chorus, "Shakespeare in Song"

Saturday evening, June 18th, we caught the final Cream City Chorus concert of this season, "Shakespeare in Song."

This was an unusual entry for the usually co-ed chorus. So many of the male members ended up with conflicts for the date that they decided to make it an all-woman show, which had the added attraction of "turning Shakespeare on his head," because of course in Shakespeare's day, his productions were of necessity all-male.

The chorus did a very nice job of putting together an entirely Shakepeare-themed concert, combining some classics with some surprising new pieces.

The first half began with Cole Porter's "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," from Kiss Me Kate, which was definitely in the classic category and set a nice upbeat tone.

"A Tale Told by an Idiot," was one of several pieces in the concert that set Shakepeare's verse to music, setting this famous speech from Macbeth to an appropriately ominous tune by Huub de Lange. It was followed by "Double Trouble," by John Williams for the "Harry Potter" movies, which was done in a humorous style by Char Haas, Julie Magida, and Susan Reider as three witches.

"Sonnet XXIX," ("When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes . . .") was set to a very pretty tune by Georgia Stitt, and very well sung by Ebbie Duggins.

Then, there was one of many settings of "Sigh No More, My Ladies," from Twelfth Night; "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King (which is of course inspired by Hamlet); and back to Cole Porter for "Tom, Dick, or Harry."  "Shakespeare 101" was an orginal piece, lyrics assembled by Hillary Giffen from familiar snippets of Shakespeare, set to music by chorus director Kirsten L. Weber.

The second half of the program was all music inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and included "A Time for Us," from the movie, "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, "Tonight" from West Side Story, and "Run Away With Me," by Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. As sung by Shirl Greeb and Sharon Megna, this caused Georgie to comment, "Which one's Thelma and which Louise?"  There were also three pieces from R&J The Rock Musical, which stuck closely to Shakespeare's text, but inventively reformed it into trios and chorus pieces.

The chorus also gave us Sonnet XVIII, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" as an encore.

A very enjoyable concert with the energy and creativity we have come to expect from the CCC. This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.
Tags: cream city chorus, music, shakepeare
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