The British Are Coming!
This fall in a program entitled The British Are Coming! we will perform music from two of the countries in Great Britain: England and Scotland.I am pleased that Cantabile and the Choristers Choir will join us in Andrew Carter’s Benedicite, an English-language recounting of blessings for such things as the “Sun and Moon,” “Badgers and Hedgehogs,” and “Grannies and Grandads,” and in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Song of Thanksgiving.Writing to express gratitude for the conclusion of World War II, Vaughan Williams’ avoids glorifying war by concluding with an a cappella line for solo soprano.These and two other works will be performed with orchestra:Kyrie from Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D and Handel’s Zadok the Priest (If you attend the Vocal Maintenance Workshop on August 28th, you will get a preview.)I’m aware that MCC doesn’t often perform short works, but I was struck by how well the remaining two pieces fit in with ideas on this concert, and I love the music so couldn’t resist them:John Rutter’s “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” with harp and strings and “A New Song” by James Macmillan, a leading Scottish composer who incorporates flavors from his national and religious roots.
A Musical Celebration of the Winter Season
Friday & Saturday December 10 & 11
Great Hall, Saint John's Abbey & University
Mass in E flat
In the ongoing series, Sacred Music for the Solemn Season, we will focus on Mass in E-flat by Amy Beach (aka Mrs. H.H.A. Beach and recently identified in a landmark biography as “The Passionate Victorian”).This large-scale choral-orchestral work written in 1890 brought Beach into considerable prominence as a composer.
The Poets Sing
The somewhat lighter concert in May, The Poets Sing,will offer exciting musical settings of major poets, including a Japanese compositionand Return to Old Ireland by a contemporary Irish composer, Mary McAuliffe, setting texts by Walt Whitman and W.B. Yeats.I hope to include Nänie (Schiller) or Schicksalslied (Hölderlin) by Brahms, a setting of Emily Dickinson.
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