Chorus America National Conference
Friday, June 14 at 2pm
Critically acclaimed choral ensembles Choral Arts and Seattle Pro Musica join forces for an intimate concert in a magnificent space.
The concert venue, St. James Cathedral, is one of Seattle's
cultural treasures, with beautiful art and architecture, a warm acoustic that
is perfect for choral music, and audience seating in a circle around the
central performing area.
Choral Arts's program demonstrates their guiding values as
an organization: a commitment to the performance of great unaccompanied choral
music and the championing of new work by American composers. The former is
represented by three great works by composers of the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries: "Ave Maria" by Anton Bruckner, "Richte mich,
Gott" by Felix Mendelssohn and AMDG by Benjamin Britten.
Seattle Pro Musica presents a total acoustical immersion
experience - 20th and 21st century works written for a reverberant cathedral
acoustic, and expressing humanity's connection to the divine and to each other.
The featured work is Canticum calamitatis maritimae by Finnish composer Jaakko
Mäntyjärvi, written to commemorate a tragic 1994 shipwreck. Also included are
the luminous Lucis creator optime by the Latvian composer Vytautis Miškinis,
and A drop in the ocean by Estonian composer Eriks Ešenvald.
Here's a glimpse into last night's rehearsal
I Will Lift Mine Eyes - Jake Runestad
Ave Maria - Anton Bruckner
Richte mich, Gott op. 78, No 2 - Felix Mendelssohn
AMDG - Benjamin Britten
Not One Sparrow is Forgotten - arr. William Hawley
Seattle Pro Musica
A Drop in the Ocean - Ēriks Ešenvalds
Lucis Creator Optime - Vytautas Miškinis
Bring us, O Lord God - William Harris
Spaseniye sodelal (Salvation is created) - Pavel Chesnokov
Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Friday, June 14, 2pm
St. James Cathedral - 9th and Marion, Seattle