Featuring Zoltán Kodály's magnificent Missa Brevis for Chorus and Organ, and a banquet of seasonal delights—including works by Benjamin Britten, Randall Thompson, Elliot Z. Levine, and others.
Love, War, and Remembrance
Songs of soldiers gone to war, songs of loved ones longing for their safe return, songs that mourn those lost forever, songs of protest, and songs that cry for peace. Beginning with “L’Homme Armé,” our musical journey moves on to songs from the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars to compositions from World Wars I and II, and culminates in excerpts from Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
Bach to Bach to Bach
Selections from J. S.’s Cantata 140 and Christmas Oratorio, C. P. E.’s Der Kampf der Tugend, and some gems from the irreverent P.D.Q.’s Art of the Ground Round and The Seasonings. Guest artists included soloists Katy Lindhart, soprano; Toby Newman, alto; Joseph Rubinstein, tenor; and Dennis Blackwell, baritone; and Baroque chamber ensemble.
One Land, Many Voices!
Generations of people have reached our shores, bringing their music with them. We celebrate the diverse voices that have contributed to the American experience — composers such as Aaron Copland, William Billings, Eric Whitacre, and Ysaye M. Barnwell; traditional songs from Jewish and African-American roots; and American Standards by some of our most famous immigrants.
The Bard Sings: Shakespeare through the Ages
We celebrated the bard's 400th birthday with an evening of choral music and dramatic readings. In choral settings old and new, we featured works by Thomas Morley, Amy Beach, Ralph Vaughn Williams, George Shearing, and Matthew Harris. We also premiered our latest commission, a setting of Sonnet LXV by New York composer Julie Dolphin. Dramatic readings from Shakespeare’s plays were performed by young artists from LREI.