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Our 2023-2024 season!

Memento Mori

       Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3:00 p.m.

       Rainbow Mennonite Church

Bridges to Britain, and Beyond

       Sunday, March 17, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

       St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Annalies

       Sunday, June 2, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

       Resurrection Brookside

Memento Mori
Memento Mori
Celebrating composers with centenary years in 23-24
Jay Carter and Ryan Olsen, conductors


Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Rainbow Mennonite Church
1444 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, KS
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Preview the printed program for this concert here.

Autumn strikes particularly nostalgic notes in the Northern Hemisphere.  Whether the shortening of days or the unmistakable change of seasons is responsible, this time has become the natural time for recollection, recognition, and remembrance.  When those weeks on the calendar coincide with the commemoration of composers who celebrate important anniversary years, it seems appropriate to take note!  Thus, our first concert of the 2023-2024 season explores a few composers whose birth or death year coincides with our calendar years, and who we feel ought to be specifically highlighted. 

 

These works, many of them lesser-known, survey both secular and sacred compositions, and are as broadly expressive of the human experience.  Like poets and composers who penned them, each work is entirely unique and speaks/sings with its own distinct voice.

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Program

William Byrd (d. 1623)

            Ave verum corpus 

Stanford (d. 1924)

            Eight Partsongs             

                1. The Witch

                3. The Bluebird

                4. The Train

Anton Bruckner (b. 1823)

            Psalm 23, WAB 34      

            Du bist wie eine Blume, WAB64

Giacomo Puccini (d. 1923)      

            Requiem Aeternam                                                                     

Aleksander Arcahngelsky (d. 1924)

            Vzbrannoi voyevodye

            Svyete Tikhiy

Faure (d. 1924)

            Les Djinns

            Cantique Jean Racine              

            Pavane

Gustav Holst

            Nunc Dimittis       

            Evening Watch from Two Motets (1924)

Bridges to Britain, and Beyond
Bridges to Britain, and Beyond
Exploring the connections to the British Isles

Jay Carter, conductor

Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 3:00 PM
St. Andrew
's Episcopal Church
6401 Wornall Terrace, Kansas City, MO

Apart from the American Revolution and War of 1812, America and Britain have shared a friendly relationship encompassing Social and Political movements, Technological and Scientific development, and a shared body of artistic influences – including poetry and song.  Increased economic ties in the late 19th century, and the wars of the first half of the 20th century, caused a number of British citizens to spend time in America.  A significant number of composers participated in this cross-pollination and enjoyed fruitful relationships with American composers and librettists.  Some made fleeting visits with professional ensembles or lectured at universities, while others spent years in the States, like Benjamin Britten and Frederick Delius.  Percy Grainger spent more time living in America than he ever did as a subject of the Empire.  

 

This concert explores some of the most fruitful, and now often overlooked, musical bridges across the Atlantic artistically linking America and the United Kingdom - which included domains across the whole world, and whose cultural influence is inextricably linked to British music - as is cuisine, literature, and visual art.

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Annalies
Annalies
Ryan Olsen, conductor

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 3:00 PM
Resurrection Brookside
5144 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

Annelies is a 75-minute choral work for soprano soloist, choir and instrumentalists. The libretto is compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger from The Diary of Anne Frank. Music is by James Whitbourn. Annelies is the full forename of Anne Frank, now commonly referred to by her abbreviated forename, Anne. Annelies is divided into fourteen movements.

 

1. Introit - prelude (instrumental)

2. The capture foretold

3. The plan to go into hiding

4. The last night at home and arrival at the Annexe

5. Life in hiding

6. Courage

7. Fear of capture and the second break-in

8. Sinfonia (Kyrie)

9. The Dream

10. Devastation of the outside world

11. Passing of time

12. The hope of liberation and a spring awakening

13. The capture and the concentration camp

14. Anne’s meditation

 

The world premiere of Annelies was given on April 5, 2005 at the Cadogan Hall, London. Leonard Slatkin conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir of Clare College Cambridge and soprano Louise Kateck.

 

The US premiere of Annelies was given on April 28, 2007 in Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. James Jordan and James Whitbourn conducted the Westminster Williamson Voices, an instrumental ensemble and soprano Lynn Eustis.

 

The world premiere of Annelies in its completed chamber version was given on June 12, 2009 in the German Church, The Hague, The Netherlands. Daniel Hope (violin) led the ensemble, with the Residentie Chamber Choir (conductor Jos Vermunt) and soprano Arianna Zukerman.

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