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April 9, 2020 7:30PM
Façade: An Entertainment

Sir William Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment
Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Featuring Hila Plitmann, reciter
Fred Child, host of “Performance Today,” reciter,
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone, reciter

Debra Wendells Cross, flute
Rachel Ordaz, piccolo
Jonathan Cohen, clarinet
Robert Alemany, bass clarinet
Tim McAllister, saxophone
David Vonderheide, trumpet
Rob Cross, percussion
Julian Schwarz, cello


“Redolent of the Jazz Age and Dada and coloured with a devil-may-care insouciance…it has an inventive charm and vivacity that proves it is more than a period piece.”
                -The Telegraph, UK

When this unique work was premiered in 1923 it created a furor, with audiences and critics at polar opposites, some disdaining its unconventional, modern form and others transfixed by the mix of melody and verse. The work sets poems by Edith Sitwell to music by William Walton—both iconic, adventurous artists of their day—with the poems read in rhythm to the music. The Virginia Arts Festival production of this rarely-heard work features gifted instrumentalists conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and a cast of “reciters” including the “agile, radiant” (The New York Times) soprano Hila Plitmann, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, whose “compelling delivery” rings “with drama and conviction” (The Morning Call), and the host of NPR’s Performance Today, Fred Childs. You will find yourself humming these haunting melodies, and recalling these lovely verses, long after the performance is over.

Co-presented with

This production made possible through a generous gift from the Susan Goode Performance Fund.

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April 9, 2020 7:30PM


Susan S.Goode PAC, Va Wesleyan


Façade: An Entertainment, Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach


Façade: An Entertainment, Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach

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