Jesse Lee’s musical director, Sarah Fox, and pianist and composer Marc Chan have brought together a team of talented musicians and composers to create a joyful and poignant celebration of life through music in this upcoming performance titled “Songs with(out ) Words”. ”
This concert has something for music lovers aged 2 to 102 and it will be presented at Jesse Lee Church on June 5 at 3 p.m.
Performed by Marc Chan and Benjamin Steinhardt on piano, Gunnar Sahlin on cello and Suzanne Corey-Sahlin on viola, the first half of this 70-minute show is composed of wordless songs and instrumental pieces inspired by hymns and other tunes.
The opening work, “Moments of Music”, was composed by Gwyneth Walker especially for Gunnar and Suzanne. This piece debuted at Jesse Lee Church in the fall of 2021 and is back by popular demand opening the show in June.
The next set offers a fun and playful element with Bach-like fugues that incorporate popular Disney tunes.
The second half of the show features songs with lyrics. Jesse Lee’s musical director, Sarah Fox, joins the musicians to perform vocals on a variety of songs. The first two songs are two new pieces for which Marc Chan composed the lyrics and music as part of a long Broadway show he is creating about the poet Emily Dickinson. The first song is about young Emily and is told through a letter she wrote to her brother, Austin. The second song introduces Emily in her later years and recounts both the joys and sorrows of a life well lived.
The concert ends with a new arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s hit, “Both Sides Now”.
“There really is something for everyone in this concert”, according to Sarah Fox. Marc Chan adds, “We hope the music will bring people of all generations together in this beautiful celebration of songs with and without words.”
There is no charge for the show; donations are appreciated.
Everyone is welcome!