It is with real enthusiasm and tentative hope that I invite you to an in-person concert in Baltimore, the first in-person concert I've produced since February 2020. Desiderata will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 5:30pm in Baltimore's historic Clifton Mansion. Come hear Katie Procell, Kyle Blake Jones, Amanda Dame, Erin Baker, and Eric D'Alessandro sing and play their hearts out in this concert of contemporary art song. Tickets are $20. In an attempt to mitigate risk, attendees must be vaccinated and must remain masked throughout the event. Seating is also very limited to reduce COVID risk, so be sure to get your ticket quickly before they're all gone!
Program (order subject to change):
Lost Daughter: Songs on the Myth of Persephone, for Soprano, Flute, Viola, and Harp (2020/2021), texts by Oscar Wilde, Rita Dove, Edna St. Vincent-Millay, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Louise Glück - by Peter Dayton
Desiderata: Ten Pieces of Wisdom, for Soprano and Alto Saxophone (2020), text by Max Ehrmann - by Peter Dayton
Living in the Body: Mvts. 2, 4, 5, 6 (2001/2017), texts by Joyce Sutphen - by Lori Laitman
The concert will also serve as an album pre-release party for my upcoming album: Stories Out of Cherry Stems - Katie Procell sings works by Peter Dayton! The program will include half of the pieces featured on the album, which spotlights Katie Procell's incredible vocal talents through my ambitious song cycles for soprano and instruments other than the piano.
Other works included on Stories Out of Cherry Stems are my Entwine Our Tongues: Sapphic Fragments song cycle for soprano and reeds and my collection of 3 settings of Pablo Neruda's poetry Si Solamente for soprano and cello. The album's release will be primarily digital, but I hope to have a limited number of physical copies to sell at the event as well. The album is scheduled to be released on May 13th. More information and web presence will be available soon so you can learn about this first exciting culmination of the work of this last summer!
I hope, if you're Baltimore local, you can come to this first chance to make and hear music again together in person! Be sure to get tickets quickly before they go!