Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gaudeamus — Music for a Great Space


I’ve been in rehearsal for an upcoming performance, the annual Music for a Great Space concert by Gaudeamus and Chorus Angelicus. This year’s performance is on Sunday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.
Chorus Angelicus is the acclaimed children’s choir founded in 1991 by the amazing Paul Halley. Gaudeamus is the adult mixed choir, also established by Paul Halley, which performs with Chorus Angelicus and, increasingly, appears on its own as an independent semi-professional ensemble. I have sung with Gaudeamus since 2005; I love the clear, clean Anglican (read: senza vibrato) sound that is characteristic of this ensemble. Nicholas White became artistic director of Joyful Noise in 2007; like Paul Halley, he is a talented chorusmaster, composer, and organist.
Here’s a photo of Gaudeamus, taken in 2008 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington, Connecticut, home of Joyful Noise, the organization that administers Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus.
Our upcoming concert promises to be quite wonderful. Long a favorite of Hartford audiences, Music for a Great Space has showcased the soaring choral sounds of Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus in some of Hartford’s acoustically finest sacred spaces. The cornerstone of this year’s concert is the Connecticut premiere of the Requiem by noted organist and composer David Briggs. The program will also include music of Byrd, Britten, Gorecki, Lauridsen, Whitacre, and Joyful Noise’s own artistic director, Nicholas White. Here’s the program:
O quam gloriosum - William Byrd (1540-1623)
O nata lux - Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) Totus Tuus - Henryck Górecki (b. 1933)
hope, faith, life, love - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Kyrie (after Albinoni) - Nicholas White (b. 1967)
Requiem – David Briggs (Connecticut Premiere)

The concert is free and open to the public.

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