Music: Sun May 13

Maternity in its myriad forms finds voice in Sunday morning’s musical selections. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky immortalized a child’s plea in “Mamma” from his Album for the Young, Op. 39, a set of pieces for student pianists. Claude Debussy turned his heart to the animal kingdom, when he included a touching lullaby for Jumbo the Elephant (rendered “Jimbo” in his French approximation) in his Children’s Corner suite. Clara Wieck Schumann and Teresa Carreño were in fact moms, who had to reconcile domestic demands with creative careers. Married to the pianist/composer Eugene d’Albert, the Venezuela-born Carreño parented some eight children and also managed to teach the American composer Edward MacDowell.

The CUUC Choir contributes two anthems, both expressions of thankfulness on a holiday associated with feelings of gratitude and appreciation. Read on for programming details, and—for a real-life tribute to Teresa Carreño, consider attending mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna’s concert of her music at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on Thursday, May 10: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10160154970155618&set=a.10153825616355618.1073741830.840555617&type=3&theater

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Mamma, Op. 39, No. 3
                                                Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Le sommeil de l’enfant, Op.35
                                                Teresa Carreño
Nocturne, Op. 6, No. 2
                                                Clara Wieck Schumann

Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
No Greater Gift   
Ruth Elaine Schram 

Jimbo’s Lullaby from Children’s Corner
                                                            Claude Debussy

 Think on Me        
 Alicia Ann Scott, arr. by Greg Gilpin  


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