Once Upon a Time…

Sunday 3 July 2016, 2pm, Kilrenny Church
Tickets £15 (£5 for 7-18 year olds)  |  70 mins, no interval

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Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier, director

Story telling is what this wonderful hour of music is all about. This event is suitable for all the family.

First, the comedy and high jinks: Cage kicks off the proceedings with his unique take on the words “Once upon a time…”, before we segue into the whacky world of Cathy Berberian’s Stripsody. Inspired by cartoon strips, this a fast-moving collage of mini-scenes including a stand-off between a cat and a dog, a girl impatiently waiting for her late boyfriend, a police drama, Tarzan in the trees… Great fun. Right after it comes a piece whose title you may not recognise, Gesprochene Musik, though it contains the famous Geographical Fugue. Then one that opens “Trinidad! And the big Mississippi…”. To close, we have David Lang’s beautiful and moving re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. This piece has caught the imagination of audiences worldwide and has been performed over 300 times.

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“The score, consisting of cartoons drawn by Roberto Zamarin, is a delight to the eye. It opens with Tarzan swinging on a vine bellowing his famous call and moves on through cartoons depicting chomping teeth, bicycle bells… The three women here give an all-out performance, as it needs to be. It’s as funny as the score is.”
Opera New review of Theatre of Voice’s recording of Stripsody

Theatre of Voices, image © Lars Bjarnoe

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…there certainly is an audience. “Match Girl” won a Pulitzer. Hillier’s recording got a Grammy. [The venue] was full Saturday, and the audience sat transfixed in pews.”
LA Times review of Little Match Girl Passion