Reflections on early pop music. Pop music's earliest roots can be traced back to Medieval French troubadours, who were among the first masters a popular song, and known for writing folk songs about love and courtship. Elements of their music, along with influence from a variety of local folk traditions, later inspired classical European composers to utilize this type of art in their compositions. This concert will explore pop music of the mid-twentieth century, when interest in popular song saw another magnificent renaissance in Europe. During this time, singer/songwriters like Edith Piaf and Tino Rossi became widely favored, partly due to the general public’s increased enjoyment of gathering in coffee houses, pubs, and night clubs to dance and listen to live music. Featuring Placido Domingo, Jr., son of the renowned opera singer and member of The Three Tenors.


Plácido Domingo Jr.
Alicja Węgorzewska 


Yo Soy Maria
Oblivion/Una Sombra Mas

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

Hymne à l'amour (Paris chante)
Édith Piaf/Marguerite Monnot

Mi Mancherai
Luis Bacalov/Marco Marinangeli

Ave Maria
Astor Piazzolla

Per Una Cabeza
Carlos Gardel (1890 – 1935)

La Vie en Rose
Édith Piaf/Louiguy/Marguerite Monnot 

Agustin Lara (1897 – 1970)

Sylvia’s Csardas
Emmerich Kálmán (1882 – 1953)

Besame mucho
arr. Vinicio Ludovic

La Chanson des Vieux Amants
Jacques Brel / Gérard Jouannest

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014)

La Voce del Silenzio
Elio Isola/Mogol /Paolo Limiti

Perhaps Love
John Denver (1943 – 1997)

Time to Say Goodbye
Francesco Sartori/Lucio Quarantotto