The Peace of Wild Things


Soprano GINA BECK, mezzo-soprano SUSAN COOKE, & tenor JOHN McMUNN perform songs and arias about animals and nature, & we present the New England debut of the song cycle, The Peace of Wild Things, by Houston composer DAVID ASHLEY WHITE.


            THOMAS ENMAN, Piano        JOHN EMERY, Narrator


Songs about animals:  Purcell’s Come all ye songsters, Brahms’ Die Mädchen spricht    

(about a swallow), Hüe’s Á des oiseaux, Hoiby’s The Doe,Virgil Thomson’s The       Tiger, William Schuman’s Orpheus with his lute, Rorem’s The Serpent, & DelibesLes trois oiseaux (DUET) 


Songs about plants and trees:  Handel’s Ombra mai fu, Duke’s Loveliest of trees,

            Von FielitzDie stille Wasserrose


Songs about nature, weather, and humans’ relationship to nature:  Debussy’s Beau Soir,

             Roy Harris’ Fog, Hoiby’s Where the music comes from, Vaughan-Williams’

            The Vagabond, and David Ashley White’s song cycle, The Peace of Wild Things


Coffee & dessert after the concert included in ticket price. No intermission, & concert ends a little after 9 pm (followed by decaf coffee & tea from PEETS & cake & cookies)

8 pm, Saturday, Oct. 25th. Tickets: $20, $14 students & seniors, $54 family maximum


Rey-Waldstein Bldg. of Longy School of Music, 33 Garden St. at Chauncy, Cambridge.

Red line T-stop Harvard Square, not wheelchair-accessible. Discount parking at

University Park Garage (near Charles Hotel in Harvard Square) when Longy’s security guard at concert validates your parking ticket.


Sorry, not set up for credit cards.  Please reserve at, or 617-547-7819, or send a check made to Cambridge Opera to us at 106 Harvey St., Cambridge,

MA 02140 by 5 days before the concert. You can also pay at the door. Please send your much-appreciated donation to the same address—we are nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible.


Audience & Critical comments:

On our concerts with narration:  “Some of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard,” “a most admirable evening,” “I was delighted…I loved the variety!” 

On Bon Appétit (chamber opera and concert):  “What a wonderful evening!” “We were falling off our chairs laughing!”  “Beautiful voices.”

On Rodelinda:  A significant artistic success…”—Peter Catalano, American Record Guide.  Rodelinda rang true.”—Richard Dyer, Boston Globe




















Cambridge Opera

106 Harvey Street

Cambridge, MA 02140




The Peace of Wild Things