This season's Artsong Series of concerts at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany continued yesterday afternoon with an unusual and demanding program presented by veteran Philadelphia tenor Wayne Conner.
Featured were a pair of important but seldom-heard song cycles: Gabriel Faure's La bonne chanson and Benjamin Britten's Winter Words.
These two sets are familiar to all singers, but in most recitals, they tend to be passed over in favor of even more famous cycles by other composers. It is uncommon, too, to hear more than one complete cycle of songs in a single concert. Even short ones like these place considerable demands on the singer when done two at a time, yet Conner seemed scarcely to notice, tossing them off easily without even a break for intermission.