Free and Easy: Songs of Youth and Pleasure

Vince Peterson, Artistic Director
Sean Forte, Assistant Director and Accompanist

Joe Barros, Original Choreography for Art in Me and Love Song
Michael John Hughes and Kenneth Michael Murray, Dancers

FREE AND EASY: SONGS OF YOUTH AND PLEASURE was an ECMC concert series that took place on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m.and Sunday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m., both at Paul Taylor Dance Studios at 551 Grand Street in Manhattan.

A NOTE From the Artistic Director

As the old saying goes: “You’re only as old as you feel” and, in this respect, many of us are deeply connected despite even huge generation gaps. There is so much we can learn from each other. Sometimes the older ones are disenchanted by what they see happening in the world today. Sometimes, the young of society are revving their cars in eagerness to embark on life’s journey, but feel that long-held traditions are holding their gears in neutral… But being a “person of the world” is always being “free and easy;” and truly any place we hang our hats is home at any time. This music celebrates the blissful blindness and naiveté of youth and the youthful mindset. It asserts a person’s freedom in the here and now and studies the idea of fraternity and frivolity with joyful curiosity. Centered in the performance were brilliant male chorus works by David Conte, Camille Saint-Saens, Ulf Långbacka, ECMC Composer-in-Residence Kyle Randall, and more!  – Vince Peterson

Concert Program

Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home
Music by Harold Arlen  |  Words by Johnny Mercer

Student Song (Omittamus studia)
From Carmina Juventutis (Songs of Youth) I
Music by David Conte  |  13th Century, Carmina Burana
Accompanists: Sean Peter Forte, Scott Michael Brown

De Brevitatae Vitae (Gaudeamus Igitur)
Commissioned by Empire City Men’s Chorus
Music by Kyle Randall, ECMC Composer-in-Residence

Madrigal: Age and Youth
Music by Ulf Långbacka  |  Words from The Passionate Pilgrim
Performed by Otto

Love Song (Levis exsurgit zephirus)
From Carmina Juventutis (Songs of Youth) II
Music by David Conte   |   11th century, from the Cambridge Songs
Accompanists: Sean Peter Forte, Scott Michael Brown
Dancers: Michael John Hughes and Kenneth Michael Murray

Hey Nonny No!
From Four English Songs 4
Music by Crystal La Point Kowalski

For Vince Peterson and Empire City Men's Chorus
Music by Chadam  |  Arranged by Adam Ward  |  Words by Chelsea Eiben

A Drinking Song
From Love Songs IV
Music by Matthew Harris  |  Words by W.B. Yeats

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)  |  Words by Émile Deschamps

Art in Me
As sung by Jars of Clay
Soloists: Bill Powell, Westley Todd Holiday
Dancers: Michael John Hughes and Kenneth Michael Murray

Things That Never Die
Music by Lee Dengler  |  Words by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Drinking Song (Vinum Bonum)
From Carmina Juventutis (Songs of Youth) III
Music by David Conte  |  12th Century, anonymous
Accompanists: Sean Peter Forte, Scott Michael Brown