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I perform staged roles whenever time and opportunities allow, but also enjoy the creative process of developing memorable recitals. I particularly like the challenge of creating a recital around a specific theme, because it both limits and focuses repertoire choices. From a recital about "birds, bugs and beasts" to an evening of comic novelty songs, below are some of my favorite recitals.

An Exotic Evening

Parlor Song Treasures

The Potpourri Program

Moonsongs

Lucky to be Me

La Chanteuse au Gant

Insects and Animals


An Exotic Evening

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

This concert was commissioned by the Kiwanis Club in Sun City, Florida as a fundraiser for their Foundation. I selected songs that referenced faraway people and places, or cases where composers were writing about themes that they found exotic. The result is a challenging but lovely program. This program is available as a concert or lecture-recital.

“Già il Sole dal Gange”
from L’Honestà negli amori
Alessandro Scarlatti
   

Vocalise No. 8
Vocalise-étude en forme de habañera       

Henri Panovka
Maurice Ravel
   
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op.34 No. 2 
Felix Mendelssohn
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt       Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Zwei Venetianische Lieder: No. 1           
from Myrten, Op. 25
Robert Schumann
   
La Brise             Camille Saint-Saëns
Les roses d’Ispahan            Gabriel Fauré
Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe 
Georges Bizet
            
In A Persian Market: Intermezzo Scene  (piano solo)   Albert W. Ketelby
             
From Far, From Eve and Morning            Ralph Vaughan Williams
Vedic Hymns: Ushas (Dawn)             Gustav Holst
Ah! Moon of My Delight           
from In a Persian Garden
Liza Lehmann
   
Only A Rose           
from The Vagabond King
Sands of Time           
from Kismet
And This Is My Beloved           
from Kismet
 
 

Rudolf Friml

Wright & Forrest/Borodin

   
Cleopatterer        
from Leave It To Jane
Kern & Wodehouse

Parlor Song Treasures

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

This concert was originally commissioned by the Henry Plant Museum in Tampa, Florida to complement their special exhibit, "Cabinet of Curiosities." I created a musical "curio cabinet" filled with musical memories of travel, pieces that were beautiful or interesting or just plain curious, along with some beloved sing-along songs of the era. Special thanks to parlorsongs.org for their assistance in locating many of these rare scores. This program is available as a concert or lecture-recital.
Songs From Far and Near
A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (1896)
Theodore A. Metz
Way Down On Tampa Bay (1914)
Egbert Van Alstyne
In the Land of Far Cathay (1903) J. Arndt Morris.
The Florida Blues (1914)
Wm. King Phillips
Arr. W. C. Handy
I Miss That Mississippi Miss That Misses Me (1918) Pete Wendling
Beautiful Ballads
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (1918)
Harry Carroll
Only One Face in Dreamland (1909)
L.Z. Phillips
Arr. S. Jergensen
Bird Songs at Eventide (1926) Eric Coates
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919) Jaan Kenbrovian and John William Kellette
Cute and Clever
They Always Pick On Me (1911) Harry Von Tilzer
If No-one Ever Marries Me (1900) Liza Lehmann

Some Little Bug is Going to Find You (1915)
Silvio Hein
When Someone Pulls the String (1897) Charles Hoyt
Sing-Along Songs
After the Ball (1892) Charles K. Harris
Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-de-ay (1891) Henry J. Sayers
The Band Played On (1895) Charles B. Ward
 
Can You Tame Wild Wimmen (1918) Harry Von Tilzer

The Potpourri Program

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

This concert is not truly thematic, but the idea was to put together a short program that would feature some of my favorite classical and musical theatre pieces, while showcasing my interpretive and acting range as well. This program is available as a concert.
"Tyndaris"
from Études Latines
Reynaldo Hahn
"Who Am I?"
from Peter Pan
Leonard Bernstein
Yvonne Hank Williams, Sr.
"Vinto Sono"
from La Statira
Alessandro Scarlatti
Sommerabend Johannes Brahms
"Penelope's Night Song"
from Three Theatrical Songs
Milton Babbitt
"La Noche"
from Las Horas de una Estancia
Alberto Ginastera
La Spagnola Vincenzo di Chiara
thy fingers make early flowers Celius Dougherty
A Word on My Ear Flanders & Swann

Moonsongs: a vocal exploration of the Moon

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

Programming a concert about the moon is not as easy as it sounds: I spent many weeks searching for pieces I liked which have enough musical contrast (in tempo, language, style and mood), while thematically seeking a variety of poetic visions of the moon, and works in which the moon play an intriguing role. The result encompasses masterworks to musicals, and has been a joy to perform.
"Quanta gente che sospira di veder cos'é la Luna"
from the opera Il Mondo della Luna
Joseph Haydn
(1731-1809)
Sommerabend Johannes Brahms
Mondenschein Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)
Der Wanderer an den Mond Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)
Die Lotosblume Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)
Pierrot Dandy Joseph Marx
(1882-1964)
La Noche Alberto Ginastera
(1916-1983)
Media Luna Luis Manuel Alvarez
(b. 1939)
Canciòn à la luna lunanca Alberto Ginastera
Pierrot Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)
Clair de lune Gabriel Fauré
La lune blanche luit dans les bois Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)
Ballade à la lune Édouard Lalo
(1823-1892)
The Ships of Arcady
from Over the Rim of the Moon
Michael Head
(1900-1976)
Moonbeams
from The Red Mill
Victor Herbert
(1859-1924)
Lover, Come Back to Me
from New Moon
Sigmund Romberg
(1887-1951)
The Moon is Jealous Phyllis Batchelor
(b. 1920)

Lucky to be Me

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

This is the original version of my infamous program of comic and novelty songs. Performed with costumes, props, and as many cohorts as I can enlist, this program is truly an Experience. This program is available as a concert.
O weh, mein Canarin ist tot
from the Canary Cantata
Georg Telemann
Je n'ai pas la Plume de ma Tante Anna Russell
Yvonne Hank Williams, Sr.
Four Children's Songs
Hollyhocks Frank La Forge
The Candy Witch
Little Slippers of the Rain
Five Little White Heads J. W. Bischoff
Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington Noel Coward
Push De Button
from Jamaica
Harburg & Arlen
Nina
from Sigh No More
Noel Coward
Love Me, Love my Dog
from M'lle Modiste
Victor Herbert
I Want to Marry a Male Quartet
from Katinka
Rudolf Friml
The (Skewed) World of Tom Lehrer
I Hold Your Hand in Mine Tom Lehrer
Smut
The Vatican Rag
Be Prepared
A Word On My Ear Flanders & Swann

La Chanteuse au Gant (The Gloved Singer)

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

Who is The Gloved Singer? Well, the title is an homage to a famous French painting of a chanteuse, and the theme of the evening is art songs which have been inspired by Cabaret. I use the term art song loosely here, since the program also features selections from musical theatre. None of the songs are performed à la Piaf--much as I love her, this is meant to be a classical concert. The program is shorter than my usual recital, since it was designed to be presented with a spoken component: Accompanying Remarks Exploring Cabaret and its Influence on Song. This program is available as a concert or lecture-recital.
La Statue de Bronze Erik Satie
(1866-1925)
Le Chapelier
La Diva de L'Empire
Voyage à Paris Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
Gigerlette Arnold Schoenberg
(1874-1951)
Galathea
Alabama-Song Kurt Weill
(1900-1950)
George William Bolcom
(b. 1938)

Insects and Animals

Created and performed by Yvonne Dechance, soprano

Believe it or not, I planned to create a recital celebrating bird, bug, and beast long before I knew Louis Gruenberg had written a song-cycle called "Animals and Insects." When I saw That, I knew this recital had to come to life.
La Farfaletta s'aggira al lume (Anon.)
Solo cantata for soprano, RV 660
Aria: La farfaletta s'aggira al lume
Récitativo: Silvia, tu quella sei...
Aria: Vedrò con nero velo
Antonio Vivaldi
(1678-1741)
Five French Songs "sur les insectes"
Les Cigales (Rosemonde Gérard) Emmanuel Chabrier
(1841-1894)
Les Papillons (Théophile Gautier)
Op. 2 No. 3
Ernest Chausson
(1855-1899)
La Sauterelle (Guillaume Apollinaire)
No. 3 from Le Bestiaire
Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
Le Grillon (Jules Renard)
No. 2 from Histoires Naturelles
Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937)
La Cigale (Leconte de Lisle)
Op. 13 No. 4
Ernest Chausson
(1855-1899)
Insect and Animals
Der Wachtelschlag (S. F. Sauter)
WoO 129
Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)
Zitronenfalter im April (Eduard Mörike) Hugo Wolf
(1860-1903)
Mausfallen-Sprüchlein (Eduard Mörike) Hugo Wolf
Die Krähe (Wilhelm Müller)
No. 15 from Winterreise
Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)
Die Taubenpost (Johann Gabriel Seidl)
No. 14 from Schwanengesang
Franz Schubert
An Die Tauben (Max von Schenkendorf)
Op. 63 No. 4
Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)
Animals and Insects (Vachel Lindsay) Op. 22
Louis Gruenberg
(1884-1964)
The Lion
An Explanation of the Grasshopper
The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly
A Dirge for a Righteous Kitten
The Mysterious Cat
The Mouse that Gnawed the Oak-Tree Down
Two Old Crows

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