As for internationally renowned baritone Stephen Salters, his presence on this occasion was a special homecoming because he had made his first professional appearance with the Newburyport Choral Society in 1990.
His singing of “Donna Nobis” was a special gift of honor for the departing Dr. Weale, and a highlight for all on an evening enriched by every presentation.
One of them, “Frostiana” by the late Randall Thompson, a musical interpretation of seven poems by Robert Frost, was a special delight in an evening of delight making.
It was a special treat to have the poems in hand as Frost’s words for each of the seven were sung to take us where we might go.
Poetry and music do that. It was a special treat to read the poetry line by line while listening to where the singing took us.
I found mine in the last five lines of “The Road Not Taken.”
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
“Somewhere ages and ages hence:
“Two roads diverged in wood, and I —
“I took the one less traveled by,
“And that made all the difference.”
Thank you, Dr. Weale.
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.