Winter 2017 CONCERT

February 25, 2017        7:30PM
Morrison High School Auditorium
Morrison, Illinois

Glinka: A Life for the Tsar Overture

Mozart: Deh vieni, non tardar from The Marriage of Figaro

: So In Love, from Kiss Me, Kate

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1
in G minor, Op 13

Cole Porter: So In Love, from Kiss Me, Kate

Cole Porter in the 1930s
Cole Porter

Cole Albert Porter (1891-1964) was an American composer and songwriter. who defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music, for his songs. After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, Porter was left disabled and in constant pain, but he continued to work.

His shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of the 1920s and '30s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical. Porter's other musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings. His numerous hit songs include "Night and Day", "Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Well, Did You Evah!", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "You're the Top". He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Born to Dance (1936), which featured the song "You'd Be So Easy to Love"; Rosalie (1937), which featured "In the Still of the Night"; High Society (1956), which included "True Love"; and Les Girls (1957).

So in Love is a Porter song from his musical Kiss Me, Kate, which opened on Broadway in 1948. The musical is based on William Shakespeare's Elizabethan comedy Taming of the Shrew. It was sung in the show by Patricia Morison, reprised by Alfred Drake, but its wide popularity came as a result of a hit recording by Patti Page in 1949. Other versions which were popular that year were by Gordon MacRae and Dinah Shore. The song has been recorded by many other significant female singers, including Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.

So In Love

Strange dear, but true dear,
When I'm close to you, dear,
The stars fill the sky,
So in love with you am I.

Even without you,
My arms fold about you,
You know darling why,
So in love with you am I.

In love with the night mysterious,
The night when you first were there,
In love with my joy delirious,
When I knew that you could care

So taunt me, and hurt me,
Deceive me, desert me,
I'm yours, till I die...
So in love... So in love...
So in love with you, my love... am I...