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December 10 and 11, 2016 – CAROLS and LULLABIES
CAROLS and LULLABIES brings together traditional arrangements and new contemporary settings of joyous choral music to help you ring in the holidays. Featured works include two selections by British composer John Rutter, “ALL BELLS IN PARADISE” and “REJOICE AND BE MERRY,” “AMID THE COLD OF WINTER’S SNOW” by Matthew Armstrong, and Gustav Holst’s “IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER.”
Rounding out the program is a selection of familiar carols and traditional arrangements, many accompanied by strings and organ. This concert will be presented twice and will without doubt put you in the spirit of the season.
April 22 and 23, 2017 – MASS APPEAL
MASS APPEAL features Paul Basler’s MISSA KENYA and Franz Schubert’s MASS IN G.
Missa Kenya was written in June of 1995. Much of the music and gestures owe their existence to East African choral traditions, fusing together Kenyan musical styles with references to late 20th century American “classical” music, creating a “synthesis” of sorts between the two musical cultures. The composition ends quietly with the “Agnus Dei,” a prayer for peace and understanding throughout the world.
Schubert’s Mass In G, composed in 1815, is the best known of the three “shorter” masses composed between the more elaborate first and fifth masses. It is his second mass and was composed in less than a week (March 2 to 7), the year after his first mass had been successfully performed in Schubert’s home parish. The work is more modestly scored than the first, requiring only a string orchestra and organ in addition to three soloists (soprano, tenor, and baritone) and choir.