Creative, Spiritual Tensions Essential to "Mystical Songs"
When a celebrated piece of sacred music is performed next Friday inside the Singletary Center, there’s a lot of room for conflict. The composer of the Five Mystical Songs was Ralph Vaughn Williams, who was an agnostic. But,Vaughn-Williams uses poetry written in the 16-hundreds by an Anglican priest.
There’s also a potential for conflict inside the concert hall…this performance includes the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, student-choruses from five colleges and universities, and baritone Noel Bouley. Bouley was trained at the Cincinnati Conservatory for Music and is just wrapping up a gig with the Kentucky Opera. With so many players, he admits there’s a risk for conflict, but it’s a necessary risk. Boulay spoke with reporter Charles Compton.