Our 21st Season Features Jean Redpath

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"Celtic and Other Folk" with Jean Redpath

Young Artist Scholarship Concert
Sunday, May 2, 2004, 7:00 p.m.
Faith United Methodist Church
Champaign, IL
No admission charge

Jean Redpath is recognized as the foremost interpreter and champion of traditional Scottish music. Making her home near Edinburgh, Ms. Redpath is known today as one of the few exponents of Scottish music, and the recognized world authority. She is equally well known to millions of Americans as a radio personality through her appearances on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, and Robert J. Lurtsema's Morning Pro Musica.

Her songs and ballads come from the oral tradition of Scotland and reflect the stoic lovable qualities of the Scottish character. She has devoted a large portion of her professional life to the songs of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. Her work with the late Serge Hovey, who researched and arranged over 300 of Burns' songs has produced seven recordings which have won critical acclaim. Four more recordings made in Scotland are sung mostly a capella.

“Jean was blessed with a divine voice. She was additionally blessed with a fabulous smile and a quick wit which, along with her Scottish accent, endear her to people immediately. What is most admirable about her however, is her backbone. A person doesn't make a life singing Scottish traditional music on the basis of charm. She has a fierce devotion to the music, as a Scot and as an artist. Everything she most deeply feels and believes in - about death and love and country and womanhood - comes out in these songs. These songs aren't pictures. They're rocks. They are the mountain itself.”
--Garrison Keillor

Ms. Redpath arrived in the United States in 1961. A series of serendipitous 'accidents' saw her in Greenwich Village four months later sharing quarters with such legends of the '60s folk revival as Bob Dylan and Rambling Jack Elliot. An appearance in a hootenanny at Gerde's Folk City brought the offer of a booking. That appearance won a rave review in the New York Times, and Jean had very much arrived on the American folk scene.

“Jean Redpath possesses a mezzo soprano that most classically trained art singers might envy, and there is no one who interprets the Scottish tradition more beautifully or with more affection.”
--New York Times

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In 1977 Jean was one of only four performers commanded to appear by Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Family banquet at Edinburgh Castle during the Queen's Jubilee Year. Her many honors, include honorary doctorates from the University of Stirling and St. Andrews University, an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen's Birthday Honors List.

“..sang the songs of Robert Burns with a tenderness and skill no living singer can match.”
--Boston Globe

Ms. Redpath joins The CHORALE to present the Young Artist Scholarship Concert on May 2nd, 2004. Scholarship winners will also appear as guest performers. The Young Artist Scholarship Concert represents the culmination of one of The CHORALE's main missions: supporting talented high school seniors in their pursuit of higher musical goals. To that end, The CHORALE sponsors this annual competition by inviting school vocal and instrumental instructors and directors to encourage their high school seniors to submit an audition tape and a statement of the role of music in their lives. The audition committee reviews the application and invites several students to meet them and to perform in person. You can learn more about the scholarship and the application process here.

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