With a Whitman-inspired title like ‘Night, Sleep, Death and the Stars‘ (the last line of his poem, A Clear Midnight), it’s hard to go wrong, and San Gabriel Valley Choral Company has concocted a seasonal program that gears up for Halloween in the most charming way. The title refers to a lovely work by Daniel Gawthrop, which anchors the program, and is joined by several examples of visceral storytelling. Lewis Carroll‘s imagination and infinitely creative wordplay bring the slithy toves to life with Sam Pottle’s choral setting of Jabberwocky. Schubert’s Der Erlkönig defends its title as the spookiest Lied.
The whole thing comes together within the big stone walls at St. Luke’s in Monrovia, where the group is joined by the parish’s rector, The Rev. Neil Tadken, who will serve as narrator for the texturally diverse Saul by Egil Hovland, which is dramatic on a biblical scale. Tickets are available online or at the door.
Night, Sleep, Death and the Stars
Saturday, October 24 — 7:30pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church