PRESS RELEASE:  March 20, 2017

60th Anniversary Concert:

Southern CT Camerata Celebrates Madrigals

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On Sunday evening, April 30th at 5p.m., the medieval sanctuary of St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk will be filled with music inspired by Italian madrigals over six centuries, as the Southern Connecticut Camerata (SCC) celebrates its 60th anniversary under the direction of maestro David Recca. Specializing in unaccompanied (a cappella) chamber choral music, SCC’s repertoire ranges from early medieval music to contemporary compositions and its singers hail from communities throughout Fairfield County.   

The April 30th concert, “English Refashionings of the Italian Madrigal,” brings SCC back to its roots when a small group of six women gathered to sing a cappella music together.  In 1956, the ensemble had grown to twelve men and women known as the Westport Madrigal Singers under the direction of Jeanne Kimball.  While always performing local recitals, in the 1960s the group also served as strolling minstrels at the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, and in the 1970s and 80s, they performed at Wave Hill and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City, and several regional music festivals.  In 2009, reflecting its more diverse repertoire, the group changed its name to the Southern Connecticut Camerata.

“This performance will explore the madrigal genre, Italian in origin, as it made its way to the shores of England late in the 16th century,” says David Recca, the Camerata’s musical Director.  “Publications such as Musica Transalpina (1588) presented Italian originals translated to English, but also included many ‘tinkerings’ in notes, cadences, phrases and more. Hence, we have pairs of works such as Vecchi’s ‘So ben mi ch’a bon tempo’ and Morley’s ‘Now is the month of maying.’”   In addition, the concert includes other reinterpretations of the madrigal genre by 19th century English composer, R. L. Pearsall; mid-20th century American composer, R. L. Finney; and a newly commissioned work by composer, SCC member and Westport resident, Margaret Collins Stoop.

Mr. Recca has led SCC for the past two years, and is a member of the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY/Purchase College.  He also serves as a director of the New Amsterdam Singers in Manhattan, and is completing the requirements for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the Yale University School of Music. 

Concert details and tickets are available online at www.sccamerata.org or at the door. 

Sunday, April 30th, 5 p.m., St. Paul’s on the Green, 60 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.

©2017 Southern Connecticut Camerata