March 15, 7pm
Adults $15-20 Suggested, Kids $10-15 Suggested
J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary works, most notably the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, have inspired countless readers, filmmakers, and artists. Composer Donald Swann set a series of Tolkien’s poems in his song cycle The Road Goes Ever On. Tolkien heard all but the final song during a visit with Swann, and in fact suggested the tune used in Namárië (Farewell), as an improvement on the setting Swann originally composed. Bass-baritone Peter Walker and pianist David Alpher present a recital of English art song built around The Road Goes Ever On and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. Both song cycles explore the actual and metaphorical experience of the traveler, in both the bucolic world of the English pastoral school, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Described as a “rich-voiced” and “vivid” singer by the New York Times, Peter Walker enjoys a varied career as a singer of early and classical music. He recently appeared in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London with Clarion Society Choir, was a guest artist with Kuhmo Kamarimusiikki in Kuhmo, Finland, and was a soloist with the Handel + Haydn Society in Boston’s Symphony Hall, conducted by Sir Harry Christophers. Peter performs with Three Notch’d Road, Early Music New York, Blue Heron, Pomerium, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Concert Series, Texas Early Music Project, Staunton Music Festival, Gotham Early Music, Academy of Sacred Drama, and Skylark Ensemble. Peter is a member of the choir of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City, has lectured on early music at Vassar College and the University of Virginia, and won the Overseas Class in the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Competition in 2016. He holds degrees from Vassar College and McGill University, where he studied with Drew Minter and Sanford Sylvan. http://www.peterdwalkermusic.com/ Internationally acclaimed composer, pianist, and recording artist David Alpher has enjoyed an active musical career. He co-founded, and for its first 10 years co-directed, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts, now well into its fourth decade. At Rockport's 20th-anniversary celebration, David received a special citation for "enriching the cultural life of New England." David has had a highly successful career as a pianist, collaborating with such distinguished artists as Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell, Christopheren Nomura, Robert Osborne, and Drew Minter. An extended collaboration with Thomas Hampson, Jay Ungar, and Molly Mason produced the perennially popular 1992 CD, American Dreamer: Songs of Stephen Foster (Angel), as well as concerts at venues such as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and Town Hall. David and his wife, singer/lyricist Jennie Litt enjoy a lively career as a cabaret duo. A graduate with High Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, David works at Vassar College as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach.