SONG OF SONGS: RETURN TO THE GARDEN
28 February 2016 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona
Tapestry, last heard here in 2008, returns to our desert garden with music based on the Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon. This unusual program weaves together works in Hebrew, Medieval Latin, Arabic, Ladino and Turkish in a multitude of interpretations, sensuous and spiritual, creating a program referred to as “an inexhaustible cornucopia of sensual pleasures.”
(San Diego Reader)
The Song of Songs has been variously described as an erotic love poem or an allegory of the relationship between God and humanity. Its rich figurative language and evocative sensuality have been important to scripture, literature and music for over two millennia. Tapestry’s voices–Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, and Daniela Tošic–are accompanied by guest artist Shira Kammen on the vielle and medieval harp.
“Tapestry looked like a glamorous girl group... they radiated femininity as they swayed their bodies, threw back their heads and lifted their clear voices in sensuous love songs... singing with passionate expressiveness, Tapestry gave the ancient music modern relevance.”
–The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The group is remarkable for beauty of sound, exact tuning and precision... an extraordinary blend, but the sound never dissolves into anonymity.”
–Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe