Join us for our exciting seventh season!
"Tribulation and Joy"
This is a concert with music from the 14th to the turn of the 21st centuries, and includes music by Josquin des Prez, Samuel Scheidt, and Heinrich Schutz recreating the struggle and observation of death and grief in vocal settings reflecting David's loss of his friend Jonathan, his mentor Saul and his son Absalom. Elgar and Thompson offer opportunity for reflection. Ned Rorem's six brief pieces are called In Time of Tribulation.
That bleakness is contrasted with three examples of joy: praise of God with Britten's Festival Te Deum, celebration of marriage reflected in Britten's Wedding Cantata, and the event of Advent and Christmas with Brahms' magnificent motet O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf, a wistful and beautiful carol by John Rutter and an absolutely brilliant double choir (and two baroque trumpets) setting of In Dulci Jubilo by Renaissance composer Samuel Scheidt.
November 23, 2014 - 3:00PM
"Sing New Songs"
Our second concert revolves around three phenomenal - and very different - settings of Psalm 98 (Sing a new song unto The Lord) by German composers Heinrich Schutz from the very early baroque, Johann Sebastian Bach's double choir motet (the grandest of all his motets), and 20th century composer Hugo Distler's, a masterpiece of bravura choral writing. We have been working through the Bach motets since our beginning six years ago, and this performance will only leave Jesu, Meine Freude.
Reflecting the exhortation to sing a new song, we will include music from the last half century that remains new to concert goers and too little performed, featuring Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki from his Polish Requiem.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00PM
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 3:00PM
We begin with iconic masterpieces from the English and French baroque, featuring nationally celebrated countertenor Jay Carter, who also happens to be a vital part of Musica Vocale as our Artistic Advisor and chorister. Handel's St Catherine ... Probably the most famous work by Marc Antoine Charpentier is his mighty - and aurally brilliant - setting of the Te Deum. After our wonderfully successful presentation of Charpentier's music two seasons back, we are excited to bring his Te Deum to blazing life this season.
Almost all music at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries was influenced by Wagner's blurring of tonality through insistent chromaticism. Two European composers who illustrate that influence are Norwegian Edvard Grieg and Max Reger, who was squarely in the German tradition. Grieg's Opus 74 Four Psalms and Reger's O Tod, wie bitter bust du will be contrasted with Brahms three magnificent festival motets Fest- und Gedenkspruche, Opus 109.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 3:00PM