Chamber Singers: Poets

Tuesday, May 23 • 7:30 pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church

101 Colville Road, Charlotte, NC 28207


Thursday, May 25 • 7:30 pm*

Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Belmont Abbey

100 Belmont Mount Holly Road, Belmont, NC 28012


*Tickets are limited for this performance and will not be available at the door.

Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers
Kenney Potter, conducting

The closing concert of Charlotte Master Chorale’s 71st Season puts the spotlight on what sets choral music apart: text. Chamber Singers’Poets highlights the work of six poets who have played an out-sized role in the choral world. Audiences will be left with a refreshed appreciation for the power of the written word and the ability of choral music, beautifully sung, to lift those words off the page and into our hearts and minds.


William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Shakespeare Songs
Matthew Harris (b. 1956)

It Was a Lover and His Lass
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
And Will A’ Not Come Again
O Mistress Mine

Violet Nicolson, Pseudonym: Laurence Hope (1865–1904)

Five Songs of Laurence Hope
Harry T. Burleigh (1866–1949)
arr. Marques L. A. Garrett (b. 1984)

1. Worth While
2. Among the Fuchsias
3. Till I Wake

Ogden Nash (1902–1971)

Animal Crackers, Volume I
Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

The Panther
The Cow
The Firefly

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

Why the Caged Bird Sings
Jake Runestad (b. 1986)

Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

Maya’s Prayer for Peace
Tom Trenney (b. 1977)​​​​​​

Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)

The Music of Stillness
Elaine Hagenberg (b. 1979)

I Am Loved
Christopher H. Harris (b. 1985)

Grace Before Sleep
Susan LaBarr (b. 1981)