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Tenor Henry Pleas with pianist Carol Mannen Smith - Come Down Angels!: A Program of Works by Women Composers

  • First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N Oak Park Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 USA (map)

Henry H. Pleas III has appeared as leading tenor in many operatic productions, including work as soloist for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Skylight Opera Theater and Chicago Opera Theater. He is a frequent recitalist, engaged both in Europe and the United States. He has performed Schubert'sWinterreise and Schwanengesang, Liszt's Petrarch Sonnets, and a good deal of the song repertoire from Benjamin Britten.
Henry was a finalist in the Lotte Lehman CyberSing competition, and a past participant in the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists (now the Ryan Center). Henry Pleas' performance with Chamber Opera Chicago was described by as "riveting". He will complete a tour with the nationally regarded American Spiritual Ensemble at the end of this month.
Carol Mannen Smith is a seasoned collaborative pianist who has most recently been on staff at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music as a vocal accompanist. In addition, she is a pianist in the Songs by Heart foundation, a non-profit organization connecting people with memory loss to the language and joy of music. Mrs. Smith is married and frequent collaborative partner to W. Stephen Smith, Professor of Voice at The Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.
The program of works by women composers samples music spanning over 150 years from Clara Schumann, Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach to Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore and living composer Gwyneth Walker. A commemoration of Mother's Day, the concert also takes a step toward presenting the music of a group of composers that has been underrepresented on the concert stage.

The Boulanger sisters: Nadia (1887–1979) & Lili (1893–1918)
1. S'il arrive jamais — Nadia Boulanger
2. Deux ancolies — Lili Boulanger
3. Je garde une medaille d'elle — Lili Boulanger
4. Cantique — Nadia Boulanger

Frances Allisten (1848–1912)
The Lord is my light

Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947)
Though love be a day
1. thy fingers make early flowers
2. lily has a rose
3. after all white horses are in bed
4. maggie and millie and molly and may
5. Still


Clara Schumann (1819–96)
1. Ich stand in dunklen Trauemen
2. Der Mond kommt still gegangen
3. Warum willst du and ́re fragen

Amy Beach (1867–1944)
Three Browning Songs, Op. 44
1. The Year's at the Spring
2. Ah, Love, but a Day!
3. I Send My Heart up to Thee!

Florence Price (1887–1953)
1. Song to the Dark Virgin
2. Night

Julia Perry (1924–79) & Undine Smith Moore (1904–89)
Two Negro Spirituals
1. I’m A Poor Li’l Orphan In Dis Worl' ­— Julia Perry
2. Come down Angels — Undine Smith Moore


Requested donation tickets are $15 and available online at or at the door.