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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Connecticut Master Chorale
Jubilate Deo! (O Be Joyful in the Lord!) - by Dan Forrest; Songs of Celebration - by Paul Basler
Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Dan Forrest's "Jubilate Deo" brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, "O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands," by setting verses of it, each in a different language, and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Each movement combines some characteristics of its language-group's musical culture with the composer's own musical language. The result is a stunning 45-minute global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one, "omnis terra, jubilate!" - "all the earth, rejoice!"
Paul Basler's "Songs of Celebration" is a cycle of six songs celebrating the American spirit. They include Psalm 150, Ubi Caritas, Be Thou My Vision, Sing to the Lord, Psalm 23 and Alleluia.
Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and joined by mezzo-soprano soloist Wendy Gerbier.
First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Tickets: $25 ($20 if purchased in advance)
Contact: Ticket office - 203-743-0473
Sunday, April 29, 2018
CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists
What is it about Mozart’s Requiem that makes it a perennial favorite? From the time it was completed in 1792 by Mozart’s student Franz Süssmayer, it has never been out of the repertoire. Perhaps the appeal lies in its sheer beauty and the intimacy, not always apparent in large-scale performances, with which Mozart sets this timeless text. With characteristic genius and grace, Mozart connects musical and spiritual realms, and by overlaying the natural restraints of neoclassicism with the passion of Romanticism, he depicts in music the peace of eternal rest alongside the bone-chilling fear of eternal torment.
Composed just as Mozart was reaching the height of his creative powers, the Requiem offers exquisite melodies, rich orchestration, and a dramatic sweep that remain compelling after more than two centuries.
The program also includes Michael Tippett's Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, stunning arrangements of African-American spirituals that form the structural pillars of this World War II oratorio, much as Bach used chorales in his Passion settings.
Venue: St James’s Episcopal Church
1018 Farmington Ave
West Hartford CT