Baritone Todd Samra will present a concert of vocal music on September 29, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Carmel. Todd holds a doctorate in choral conducting and voice from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and is currently the director of music at All Saints’. He will be accompanied by Lucy Faridany, who earned a postgraduate diploma with distinction in piano accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
The concert will begin with four arias by Johann Sebastian Bach, all presented with a musical perspective from 1760, shortly after Bach’s death. Accompanied by piano rather than organ, the arias will feature ornamentation and interpretive details that disappeared by the end of the eighteenth century. The “Agnus Dei” from the Mass in B Minor , usually performed by an alto or counter-tenor, will be presented in the baritone range, giving it additional warmth and resonance.
Chansons by Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Reynaldo Hahn will comprise the second set, featuring lyrical performances of several ‘big hits’ from the Impressionist era. The third set will include English art-songs by Frederick Delius and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the concert will conclude with a pair of popular songs by American great George Gershwin.