Sacred & Profane

Music of Grayston Ives

February 23, 2013, Saturday, 7:30 PM      
Madonna della Strada Chapel (venue info)
Loyola University
1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago

February 24, 2013, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (venue info)
203 South Kensington Ave, La Grange

Program Notes

It is with exceeding delight that we offer this evening of the music of our guest of honor, Grayston Ives, who will be front and center for our February subscription concerts. This multi-talented Grammy nominated composer, arranger, conductor and singer, was a member of the King's Singers from 1978-1985, he collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on the work Ecce Cor Meum, for eighteen years was the conductor (Informatur Choristarum) of the boys and men at Magdalen College, Oxford, and now he composes full time.

Our concert of Grayston's music (who goes by Bill, which was a childhood nickname), Sacred and Profane is a reflection of the many arenas in which Ives, the composer and arranger, walks. The first half of the concert will feature the American premiere of his Requiem, a work of sublime and tender beauty, composed for the 550th anniversary of Magdalen College, for which Ives has re-scored for organ and mixed voices for this concert. The second half of the concert will feature an array of Bill's delightful secular offerings, including English, Welsh and Irish folk songs and part songs, American popular songs, arrangements of Beatle's favorites and a not-to-be-missed witty encore that will have you rolling with laughter. 


Requiem     (American premiere)

Three folk songs
Buy broom besoms     (North Country street song)
The lark in the clear air     (Irish folk song)
The tailor and the mouse     (English folk song)

Two Welsh folk songs
Migildi Magildi 
All Through the Night

Calico Pie     (text by Edward Lear)

Send in the Clowns     (A Little Night Music)

Lennon/McCartney arrangements
I wanna hold your hand
I’ll follow the Sun
Obladi oblada

Ticket Prices

  • Subscription (all three concerts) -- Maestro's Circle reserved seating: $75
  • Preferred Seating (individual concerts): $25
  • General Seating (individual concerts): $20
  • Students and Seniors: $5 discount available on Preferred and General seating
  • Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts. Call 773-508-2940.

Season Subscriber Perks

Order tickets for all three concerts and you will receive:

  • Seats in a specially reserved section for each concert
  • Ticket exchange privileges between venues
  • Invitations to meet Grayston Ives and to attend a special benefit performance on June 1, 2013 by the Chorale

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