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Weekend Planner — Music

The single devastating verse from the Book of Samuel regarding King David’s grief at the death of his rebellious son — “And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” —has served as inspiration for numerous composers, including the English Renaissance madrigal writers Thomas Tomkins and Thomas Weelkes, the 18th-century American composer William Billings and the contemporary American composer and choral conductor Eric Whitacre. All four of these settings will be heard at tonight’s concert by Da Camera Singers at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. Titled “Wisdom from Two Sages: King David and Richard Wilbur,” the concert will feature a new work commissioned by Da Camera: “Anterooms,” a setting of six Richard Wilbur poems by composer Eric Sawyer. Violinist Elizabeth Chang is the guest artist.

7:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Memorial Hall is at 51 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls.

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