Many composers have taken Shakespeare’s beautiful words and set them to music. The Ensemble will sing one version of Winter and the second will be sung by a soprano soloist.
Each composer effectively sets the scene, contrasting the bitter cold of the season with the comforts found inside during the winter. ” In Huber’s composition, we can hear the wind blow, the parson cough, and see the woodcutter bear logs into the hall while the milk freezes in the pail. And yet inside, Joan keels (skims) the pot, stirring a steaming soup, crabapples hiss in the bowl, and through it all, we hear Tu-whit, tu-whoo passed through each voice part – a staring owl singing a merry note that comes back again and again through the night.” -Cricket Handler, Artistic Director.
“Argento’s rollicking and bombastic piano accompaniment makes Winter sound like a whirling windstorm, combining the owl’s cry with the lowly drone of ‘While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.'” – Jill Anderson, Artistic Director