Popular tenor Bastian sings “change of eras” music

A concert later this month at St. Scholastica will feature popular local tenor William Bastian performing music from the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th.

The "Fin de Siecle" ("turn of the century") concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 will include a variety of works that mark the transition between two periods in history. Tickets for this Cambiata Music Series event are $10. For more information, visit spotlight.css.edu or call 218-723-7000.

"Fin de Siecle" refers to the closing of one era and the beginning of a new one, more specifically to the end of the 19th century, thought to be a period of decline, but also a period of hope.

"The end of an era can be a time of great transition, as some challenge the previous system while others hold to aspects of that system even after it becomes obsolete," Bastian said. "The musical selections of this presentation will highlight that theme of transition and bridge the gap between two eras."

In "La Bonne Chanson" (voice, piano, and string quintet), French composer Gabriel Fauré "bends Romanticism's melodic and harmonic concepts without breaking them," Bastian said. English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams "continued to embrace Romanticism" as in "On Wenlock Edge" (voice, piano and string quartet), while English composer Peter Warlock's "The Curlew" (voice, string quartet, flute and English horn), "tests the new waters while not totally committing itself to the new current."

"Cambiata" is Italian for "changed." The Cambiata concert series celebrates changing styles and the enduring value of music. The rest of the 2016-17 Cambiata season includes:

  • Fêtes Galantes, featuring the Baroque stringed instrument the Pardessus de Viole, 2 p.m. Nov. 20
  • Handel's Messiah Sing-Along, 7:30 Dec. 13
  • Joy at the Keyboard, featuring LeAnn House, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28
  • Twin Ports Choral Project, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24
  • The Secret Life of Children with percussionist Jeremy Craycraft in a concert paying homage to parenthood, 7:30 p.m. March 4

All performances are in the Mitchell Auditorium.