New Album: the passionate pilgrim


6 previously unreleased songs as a deluxe edition of passionate pilgrim

New Vintage Baroque (NVB) and Oracle Hysterical (OH) round out their 2016-17 series at National Sawdust with a very special closing show. New Vintage and Oracle present 6 previously unreleased songs from their album, “Passionate Pilgrim” (VIA Records). The set includes 4 original songs by composer Majel Connery (deemed “thoroughly Schubertian” by Allan Kozinn, Wall Street Journal) that set the course for the album more than a decade later. The June 3rd show also marks the release of the Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe Album on VIA Records. In addition to this special offering, other music on the program ranges from freshly-minted re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh) and Elliot Cole’s striking living-room opera, Babinagar, based on a folktale from Afghanistan.

From the Program Notes,
"Shakespeare’s name is prominent on the title page of the second edition of The Passionate Pilgrim (the title page of the first does not survive). Its placement there is now widely considered to be an unscrupulous advertising gambit..."

-  Jeff Dolven, Professor of Poetry & Poetics at Princeton University