Choral Ensemble Skylark Reimagines Beloved Fairy Tales In ‘Once Upon A Time’

Skylark will be performing "Once Upon a Time" at Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Feb. 9. (Credit: Sasha Greenhalgh)
Skylark will be performing “Once Upon a Time” at Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Feb. 9. (Credit: Sasha Greenhalgh)

Before Disney, stories by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen didn’t always end with a “happily ever after.” The tales of Snow White and the Little Mermaid are told in a much different tone.

Once Upon a Time” is a reimagining of these beloved fairy tales performed by the Skylark choral ensemble.

Along with the beautiful melodies of the ensemble, storyteller Sarah Walker narrates the fairy tales. Skylark artistic director Matthew Guard joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to discuss it.

“I would say the music almost chose the stories in this case. Sarah Walker and I talked about a number of stories, and I looked at a bunch of music. I’ll say, a piece of music for each one chose the story,” Guard said.

The ensemble will perform at Dunwoody United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. The event is free and open to the public.

The release of their new recording “Once Upon a Time” will be out Feb. 14.

This story was originally published with audio on WABE.org.

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