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Skylark Clear Voices In The Dark Tour to DC, NYC, and the Cape

Francis Poulenc’s Figure Humaine is one of the greatest works ever composed for unaccompanied choir – composed in 1943 in occupied France based on resistance-inspired poems by Paul Eluard, it is a stunning exploration of the grim realities of war, culminating in an optimistic and embattled cry for liberty in the face of oppression.  

In the Spring of 2017, Skylark will re-visit our acclaimed chamber performance of Poulenc's masterwork, bringing our signature program Clear Voices in the Dark on tour to New York and Washington.

Interspersed between Poulenc’s stirring and complex settings, Skylark offers far simpler (but no less beautiful) musical images from the American Civil War era.  We share some well-known pieces that have remained in the popular consciousness, as well as beautiful war-inspired songs that have been long since forgotten (and only found thanks to the Duke University Historical Archives). Clear Voices in the Dark is a powerful cross-cultural statement about the expressive power of the arts, and specifically the human voice, in times of tragedy.