Saturday, January 26, 2013

CONCORA Presents “Modern Masters”

On February 10, CONCORA, the all-professional choir in which I sing, will mark the 100th birth anniversary of English composer Benjamin Britten, and the 90th birthday of American composer Ned Rorem, with a concert of “Modern Masters.” (Details on time, location, and tickets are at the end of this post.)

Here’s the program:

Jean Berger (1909-2002) My Wishes

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Hymn to Saint Cecilia

Ned Rorem (b.1923) from Seven Motets for the Church Year
While All Things Were in Quiet Silence (Motet for Christmas)
Before the Morning Star Begotten (Motet for Epiphany)
Lay Up for Yourselves (Motet for Ash Wednesday)
Praise Him Who Was Crucified (Motet for Easter)
God is Gone Up (Alleluia verse for Ascension)

Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Five Hebrew Love Songs

Paul Mealor (b. 1975) Ubi caritas

György Orbán (b. 1947) Daemon Irrepit Callidus

Benjamin Britten Jubilate Deo

John Rutter (b. 1945) Ave Maria

Ned Rorem
Thee, God…
O Joyous Light
Lead, Kindly Light

Robert L. Morris (b. 1941) Children, Go Where I Send Thee

Kevin Siegfried (b. 1969) Lay Me Low

Alice Parker (b. 1925) Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal

I’ve prepared the program notes for this concert, and it has been a delight to learn about these composers and their music, the texts, and more. I'll be posting some of my program notes here. You can read all my postings about this concert here:

Rehearsals start next week.

It’s going to be a memorable concert.

Just like every CONCORA concert.

“Modern Masters”
Monday, February 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
South Church, 90 Main St., New Britain, 06051
CONCORA celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the 90th birthday of Ned Rorem with a concert featuring works of these two musical masters of choral composition. Features Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia and selections from Rorem’s Seven Motets for the Church Year. Masterful works from other composers such as Eric Whitacre and John Rutter add to the celebration.
General admission $25, students $10.
(860) 293-0567

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