Tuesday, January 22, 11:30 a.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building
The Welsh are famous for their singers, and the words “Welsh” and “baritone” go together, well, like love and marriage or horse and carriage. Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams brings a preview of his upcoming concert for the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, “Leeks, Harps, and Daffodils—the World of Welsh Folk Song,” to the Arizona Senior Academy, accompanied by his frequent collaborator and ASA favorite, Paula Fan.
The concert’s springy-sounding title is perfectly suited to the March 3rd festival debut that takes place on St. David’s Day weekend—St. David being the patron saint of Wales. The date has become an occasion to celebrate Welsh culture – often by displaying the Welsh flag or by pinning daffodils or leeks to one’s clothing.
As the festival marks its 50th season, five living Welsh composers—Paul Mealor, John Hardy, John Metcalf, Nathan James Dearden, and Pwyll ap Siôn—have arranged some of Wales’ best-loved folk tunes, introduced and performed by Williams and Fan.
If you go Wales for the March 3rd concert, you get a complimentary glass of wine with your music. Here, it’s water or coffee, darn it – but the same music and the same incomparable pair ASA has welcomed in the past. Williams, who holds both a Ph.D. and performance diplomas, is at home in a wide variety of repertoire. He divides his time between opera, concert and recital stages in Great Britain, Europe and beyond. He will be accompanied by pianist Paula Fan, who will be at his keyboard-side in Wales as well. Fan has continued to fit the ASA into her world-wide performance schedule since retiring from the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Written by Susan Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer