Chamber Music for Voice and Strings

The Northern Neck Orchestra Chamber Music Series presents Quartets for Voice and Strings, a showcase of warm, lyrical music by contemporary composers. at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road in Kilmarnock on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

The performance features Plan and Elevation for String Quartet by Caroline Shaw, A Woman’s Song and Advice To a Girl by Anne Cawrse, and The Paper Lined Shack for Voice and String Quartet by Jeff Beal.

The musicians include Natalie Vatcher, soprano, Moises Cunha, violin, Elizabeth Almond Crute Cunha, violin, Catherine Matushek, viola and Jake Fowler, cello.


Our program showcases four expressive compositions of chamber music that are, poignant, luminous and romantic. These deeply-felt works are the creations of some of the most talented artists composing today.
We are delighted to welcome talented soprano Natalie Vatcher who will be performing three delightful song cycles with our string ensemble. This will be Natalie’s debut with the chamber music series

Moises Cunha
Artistic Director
Northern Neck Orchestra Chamber Music Series
Northern Neck Orchestra’s
Concertmaster and Principal violinist

Moises Cunha
Natalie Vatcher

The concert begins with Plan and Elevation for string quartet by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. The composition’s five movements have their own character, including references to the variety of flowers grown on an estate, the sparseness of a French formal garden and the shadows in a room as the light peaks through the leaves.

Australian composer Anne Cawrse’s song cycle A Woman’s Song features poems by writers Pernette du Guillete, Amy Levy and Emily Brontë. The songs beautifully capture stages of passion, love and longing. Cawrse’s Advice to a Girl is a musical setting of the poem by late 19th century poet Sara Teasdale. The poem provides the perfect text for a work about a woman’s desire to create.

While composing award-winning scores for film and television, such as Nextflix House of Cards, Californian Jeff Beal has continued to write concert music. His song cycle, The Paper Lined Shack, uses texts from the diary of his great-grandmother Della Holsinger on her life in Idaho during the early 20th century. The work describes Della’s happy childhood and her rugged life on the prairie where her family lived in a shack with paper insulation. It concludes with a touching message to her children.


Tickets for the concert are $35.00
and may be purchased at the door or here
Students are admitted free

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