Chanticleer: She Said/He Said

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San Francisco’s premier a capella ensemble celebrated the complex and emotionally charged dialogue between the sexes in the Outer Banks Forum concert at First Flight High School Saturday. Godliness bestowed upon women (by men) was extolled in works by Andrea Gabrieli and Eric Whitacre. The bawdiest of Renaissance Madrigals, standards by Cole Porter and Ravel’s dramatic Trois chansons were covered with the otherworldly sounds of the eerily beautiful performance. She Said/He Said featured wide-ranging voices including Hildegard von Bingen, Stacy Garrop and Joni Mitchell. See and hear Chanticleer online at Youtube.

Terpsichore triggers Forum term

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The Outer Banks Forum For the Lively Arts kicked off their 31st season, as it were, with a tour de force return performance from the Richmond Ballet Saturday. The State Ballet of Virginia expertly interpreted the music of Vivaldi, Dvorák, Lowell Liebermann, David Bedford and Roy Powell. More performances from the troupe can be found at their YouTube channel and for more about the Outer Banks Forum visit www.outerbanksforum.org.

The Virginia Symphony assays ‘Nocturnes, Overtures & Cannons’

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That’s right; “cannon” with three “n”s – as in “cannonballs,” not Pachelbel’s musical round. Enthusiastic Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous led the well-oiled orchestra through European and American music that featured martial airs in each half of the program at the First Flight High School Sunday afternoon. The final concert of the Outer Banks Forum’s 30th season began with the Europeans, including Franz von Suppé’s Overture to Light Cavalry and “music that strikes fear into the hearts of bachelors,” Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (not martial, especially, but marital music – difference?) and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No. 4 and 1. Post-intermission the audience heard the Americans: John Williams’ The Cowboys Overture, Morton Gould’s American Symphonette No. 2 and his arrangement of the African-American spiritual “Deep River.” Martial music after the break was Jay Unger’s beautiful 1982 “Ashokan Farewell,” used in Ken Burns’ The Civil War television series and Peter Wilhousky’s version of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (or “John Brown’s Body” if you will). Keep your eye on outerbanksforum.org for news of next season.

Oi! What a hangover!

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End-of-the-world party on the OBX!

Well, that didn’t pan out. Next up: the fiscal cliff. Party?

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