Figure Humaine – 3/19/2015


As 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, Skylark presents, under the direction of Matthew GuardFrancis Poulenc’s monumental and rarely-performed Figure Humaine, composed in 1943 in occupied France and featuring poems of the resistance movement by Paul Éluard, sung in French.   Its first performance in French was in Brussels in December 1946. Regarded as one of the greatest works composed for a cappella choir, it is an exploration of the grim realities of war, culminating in a cry for liberty.  Skylark will also perform well-known English-language songs from the American Civil War, together with forgotten songs recently rediscovered in the Duke University Historical Sheet Music Archives.

Join our Consul, Ms. Genevieve Verbeek on March 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, for “Clear Voices in the Dark”.  It is one of the greatest works of 20th century choral music, and one rarely if ever gets the chance to hear it sung in French by professional singers anywhere in the world, much less in Atlanta!

The Atlanta History Center will be on site displaying artifacts from the Civil War and World War II.

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