On Wed., May 14, the “beautiful” Chandor Gardens will be host venue for the world premiere performance of a powerful chamber cantata by Gregory Sullivan Issacs and Suzanne Calvin titled Undelivered. The piece was written for the Hall Ensemble in the wake of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s undelivered speech. Based on excerpts from the speech Kennedy was to have given at the Trade Mart on November 22, 1963, the day of his assassination, Undelivered is a chamber cantata for mezzo-soprano, bass-baritone, string quartet, horn and bassoon.
The first half of the evening’s program will be musical selections by Bach, Roussel, Elgar and Schubert paired with poetry readings by Kipling, T.S. Eliot and others.
Issacs is a Pulitzer Prize nominated composer and winner of a Peabody award for performance as well as an ASCAP award for his commitment to American Music. Calvin enjoys a distinguished career in media and public relations and is an accomplished non-fiction writer. The singers and instrumentalists in this production are world-renowned leaders in their profession.
“We are excited to be performing for the second time at Chandor Gardens,” said Karen Hall. The talented musicians performed to a sold-out crowd at the Gardens in October of 2013. The Ensemble is dedicated to bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into intimate spaces. These performances begin with socializing and feature catered hors d’oeuvres and beverages, setting the stage for a warm, inviting, and moving evening. Chandor Gardens is the only Parker County venue included in the concert series and has the distinction of hosting the grand finale of Hall Ensemble’s phenomenal season.
Tickets for this special evening are available through HallEnsemble.org or by calling 817-456-3584 or 817-613-1700. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for socializing and strolling through the Garden - the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.