I met with Pam yesterday to finalize our program for opening night. We agreed that Purcell can be just as ethereal as the French songs, if done well. So, we decided to begin our program with it. Barber can also have the capability of making time stand still in a fantastical, idealistic sort-of way, which makes for an excellent pairing with the current program. In addition to the Faure, Pam introduced me to the three Chansons de Bilitis by Debussy, that absolutely begs to be programmed with the Faure. Since the program was still a bit short, we did some exploring of new works and made quite the discovery: Greek composer, Christos Hatzis setting of three songs of Sappho. As it turns out, I wasn’t the first to obsess over the idea of combining Sappho’s poetry with music. Unfortunately for us (though fortunate for the composition itself), the work is written for quite a large ensemble so we won’t be able to present it this season. However, I plan to be in touch with the composer this week in order to peruse his anthology of songs for voice and piano.