Die Nachtigall is composed by Felix Mendelssohn. The song describes springtime and the beauty of a nightingale. In the song it says the nightingale was far away; spring has lured her back. She has learned nothing new. She is singing her beloved songs.
Rose Of Sharon Based on words from Song of Solomon, this expressive a cappella work is a gem. The excellent part writing truly complements the beautiful text. "For lo! the winter is past, and the rain is over and gone! The flowers appear on the earth, for the season of singing is come!
Angels Ever Bright And Fair is originally from Theodora (HWV 68) which is a dramatic oratorio, musical, in three acts by George Frideric Handel, set to an English libretto by Thomas Morell. In the story, Theodora has been captured and is praying for God’s mercy.
The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" is a well-known traditional Scottish song first published in 1841 in Vocal Melodies of Scotland. There are many theories about the meaning of the song, most of which are connected to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. One interpretation based on the lyrics is that the song is sung by the lover of a captured Jacobite rebel set to be executed in London following a show trial. The heads of the executed rebels were then set upon pikes and exhibited in all of the towns between London and Edinburgh in a procession along the "high road" (the most important road), while the relatives of the rebels walked back along the "low road" (the ordinary road travelled by peasants and commoners).
Shady Grove is a traditional Appalachian folk song, it originated from “Matty Grove” a Scottish ballad. Shady Grove has been recorded by a variety of artists and has changed over time. The song describes the true love of a young man's life and his hope that they will wed.
Laudate Dominum was composed in 1780 by Mozart. The lyrics originate from the Bible in Psalm 117. Laudate Dominum means praise the Lord in Latin. The first line of the song translates to sing praises, all you peoples, sing praises to the Lord.
Boats Sail on the River was composed from the poem The Rainbow by Christina Rossetti. In it she admires the beauty of the sky which connects heaven and earth. The words describe how the bridge made to heaven is more beautiful than the bridges made upon rivers. This song shows us how we must cherish even the simplest things in life like clouds.
SEAL LULLABY In the spring of 2004 Eric Whitacre had his show "Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings" presented at the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. This workshop involved the legendary Stephen Schwartz, and his insights truly inspired Whitacre. The two became friends. After the workshop Whitacre got a call from a major film studio. Schwartz had recommended Whitacre to write musical for an animated feature. The studio wanted to make an epic adventure, a classic animated film based on Kipling's The White Seal. The White Seal is a beautiful story, dark and rich and not at all condescending to kids. The tale begins with a mother seal singing softly to her young pup. The opening poem is called The Seal Lullaby. Eric Whitacre was struck deeply by the first few words of the poem and he, though he didn't change the words, made his own of the lullaby. The studio decided, however, to make Kung Fu Panda instead. Whitacre didn't lose hope on the song though. Every single night, he sang this song to his son to get him to sleep, though the success rate was less than 50%. A few years after the studio declined Whitacre he got a call from the Towne Singers and they commissioned him for the arrangement of The Seal Lullaby. Eric Whitacre says "I'm grateful for [The Towne Singers] for giving it a new life. And I'm especially grateful to Stephen Schwartz, to whom the piece is dedicated. His friendship and invaluable tutelage has meant more to me than I could ever tell him." So, please enjoy The Seal Lullaby written by Eric Whitacre dedicated to Stephen Schwartz.
Do You Hear the People Sing? This year the FPC Thespian troupe 5023 will be performing Les Misérables in this very auditorium! May 9 at 7pm, May 10 at 7pm, May 11 at 2pm and 7pm. You can buy your tickets, Adults - $15 and Students - $10, at flaglerauditorum.org .
Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his desire for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Transformed by the bishop's generosity, Valjean's restored humanity moves him to adopt the orphaned girl Cosette and makes a vow to her dying mother that he will protect her with his life. Still pursued by Javert, he must lead a cautious life in Paris. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists attempt to overthrow the government at a street barricade. Do You Hear the People Sing? ("À la volonté du peuple", The people's will, in the original French version) is one of the principal and most recognisable songs from the musical.
Shallow is a song performed by American singer Lady Gaga and American actor and filmmaker Bradley Cooper. Shallow was written by Gaga with Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson, and produced by Gaga with Benjamin Rice. The song is heard three times throughout the film, A Star Is Born, and most prominently during a sequence when Cooper's character Jackson Maine invites Gaga's character Ally to perform it onstage with him.
The Place Where Lost Things Go This song was written by composer-songwriter Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman. The song is sung by actress Emily Blunt, who plays Mary Poppins in the 2018 movie Mary Poppins Returns. She sings the tune to the children after they wake up from what they believe is a bad dream. Mary consoles them that their late mother is still "waiting in the place where lost things go."
Tribute to Queen
We Will Rock You- Queen guitarist Brian May wrote this, and claimed the idea for the song came in a dream. He told Mojo magazine October 2008 that he wanted to "create a song that the audience could participate in."Another One Bites The Dust-John Deacon's bass line was inspired by "Good Times" by the disco group Chic. “I'd been wanting to do a track like 'Another One Bites The Dust' for a while, but originally all I had was the line and the bass riff. Gradually, I filled it in and the band added ideas. I could hear it as a song for dancing but had no idea it would become as big as it did.” - John Deacon We Are The Champions- Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury wrote this. Freddie Mercury stated: "I was thinking about football when I wrote it. I wanted a participation song, something that the fans could latch on to. Of course, I've given it more theatrical subtlety than an ordinary football chant. I suppose it could also be construed as my version of 'I Did It My Way.' We have made it, and it certainly wasn't easy. No bed of roses as the song says. And it's still not easy." This is commonly played at victory celebrations by sports teams, especially in the US. This extends to victory parades in a addition to on-field celebrations, where it is often played alongside Kool & the Gang's "Celebration.
"Bohemian Rhapsody- Freddie Mercury wrote the lyrics, and there has been a lot of speculation as to their meaning. Whatever the meaning is, we may never know - Mercury himself remained tight-lipped, and the band agreed not to reveal anything about the meaning.
Homeward Bound “Finding your true calling in life; knowing that those who love you trust that you will return… I wrote this song for a loved one who was embarking upon a new phase of life’s journey, to express the soul’s yearning to grow and change.” These are the words of Marta Keen Thompson used to explain her song Homeward Bound. This song has become a tradition among the Formality Singers as a send off for the seniors. Homeward Bound will always hold a special place in our hearts and we will never forget what it means to our choir. As we set off on our own journey and look forward to what is to come, we will never forget where we come from. And as our journey's near their end, this is our promise to return home and never forget our roots.