Notes from the Musical Director
For the performance of the Slow March
at this year's celebration of Isadora's birthday, I have created an arrangement for two female voices and piano of Franz Schubert's March No. 5
from Opus 40
. Vocalists Bridget Ori
and Kristin Dausch
will be accompanied by pianist Matthew Martin Ward who will be playing several pieces in the concert.
The Slow March was first performed by Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company in 2011 for that year's celebration of the birth of Isadora Duncan. For that performance I created an arrangement for solo piano (Schubert wrote the piece for a pair of pianos) which was played by Matthew Martin Ward. Using voices to carry the melodies will more completely reveal the beauty of Schubert's composition.
Since 1997 I have been has been creating wordless arrangements of classical and jazz music that use the human voice as an instrument. In 1998 the John Link Vocal Quintet (five voices accompanied by guitar) performed a concert of my arrangements and compositions which is documented by the CD Live at Saint Peter's
. In 2007 the John Link Project (five singers, guitar, bass, and drums) performed my arrangements of Fré
ric Chopin's 24 Preludes, Opus 28
, as accompaniment for Lori Belilove's choreography The EveryWoman Series: The Red Thread
. Both a CD
of that concert were released in 2009.
Even if you are intimately acquainted with Schubert's March No. 5, I believe you will have a new appreciation of his composition after hearing my arrangement. You're in for a treat!