A Stories in Concert Music Performance

The Old King Cole Concerto

Written and performed by: Rollin Wilber Concert Pianist, Sally Lou Nation - Soprano

Part One

“Henry Martin” Scottish ballad/arr: Rollin Wilber
“Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies” (The Little Sparrow) Appalachian ballad/arr: R. Wilber
“Sad Birds” Maurice Ravel
“The First of All the Birds” Basque folk song/arr: Joseph Canteloube
“The Swan” Camille Saint-Saens/arr: Leopold Godowski
Prelude in E minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk.1) Johann Sebastian Bach
“Polly Von” Irish Ballad/arr: R. Wilber
Prelude in B minor J.S. Bach/arr: Alexander Siloti
“Ah, vous dirau-je, Maman” French folk song
Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman”, K.265 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Sleep, Baby, Sleep” (from Prince and the Pauper) Rollin Wilber
“Sally Gardens” (words by William Butler Yeats) Irish ballad/arr: R. Wilber


“Amazing Grace” Appalachian ballad
“Gypsy Rover” Irish ballad/arr: R. Wilber
Mazurka in F# minor, op.59 #3 Frederic Chopin
“Moscow Nights” (words by M. Matusovsky) Russian song/V.Solovyev-Sedoy/arr: R. Wilber
Ritual Fire-Dance Manuel de Falla
“Spanish Is a Loving Tongue” Spanish-Amer. Ballad/arr: R. Wilber
“Gentle Man” (words by Sally Lou Nation) Rollin Wilber
“Henry Martin” Scottish ballad/arr: Rollin Wilber
“Marieke” French song/Jacques Brel
“Old King Cole” Concerto English folk song/arr: R. Wilber


SALLY LOU NATION – began her music studies at five years of age and was accepted into the Peabody Conservatory Children’s Program, in Baltimore. Although her family moved often throughout the south, Sally Lou continually studied piano and music, eventually becoming a classically-trained soprano, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia./

Sally Lou has sung a broad range of musical styles, from a capella ballad singing to the soprano solo work in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”. She has held a number of church soloist positions and choir directorships. Her training as an actress has led to lead roles in “Jacques Brel…” and “Tea and Sympathy”. She was a regular on Gene London’s television program for children and performed children’s theater on the Valley Forge Music Fair circuit for several years.

Picking up folk-singing at a music camp when she was fifteen led her to a life-long pursuit of folk ballad research and performance. She was a member of the successful “Committee of Correspondence”, and made a career of folk-singing, contrary to the traditionally unemotional ballad style, is one of emotion and drama.


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