On this Father’s Day, June 18th, at 5:00 pm, in Duke University Chapel, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham will sing music that offers expressions of love, care, and protection, both within the family and in the sacred realm. VAE will be joined by with Virginia Hudson on cello and David Cole on piano. Music by composers and their fathers—in the Christiansen and Bach families—will represent the flowing of one generation to the next. In addition, the men of VAE will sing Eric William Barnum’s beautiful setting of the Robert Burns poem “A red, red rose.”
Much of this music was written as a personal response to events in composers’ lives. Philip Stopford wrote “Do not be afraid” for the baptism of the daughter of friends, whereas Bach’s similarly-titled piece, “Fürchte Dich Nicht (Do not be afraid),” was written for the funeral of the wife of a public official in Leipzig. Billy Joel’s poignant “Goodnight, my angel,” is a response to his daughter’s question about where we go when we die.
VAE hopes that it will be enjoyable and meaningful for everyone: fathers, mothers, and children!