Come Rejoice! at Butler Dec. 12 and 13
Monday, November 17, 2008
Rejoice!, Butler University and the Jordan College School of Music’s annual musical gift to the community, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 in Clowes Memorial Hall.
Tickets are free but required for admission. They’re available now at the Clowes Hall box office. For more information, call (317) 940-6444.
This year’s concerts will feature the Butler Chorale, University Choir and Madrigal Singers with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and professional orchestra performing two major works, Bach’s beloved “Magnificat” and 20th century American composer Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” plus other holiday songs.
These selections “serve as historical pillars in the history of music,” said Associate Professor of Music Eric Stark. “Butler is proud to perform these two works, and other shorter selections, that showcase the impressive talents of our students. A rich and rewarding experience is in store for all.”
The first half of the performance will feature the combined choirs and brass section from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing the “Christmas Cantata,” which Stark will conduct.
“Pinkham’s austere setting of Latin texts for Christmas, with brass and choir, is a modern-day evocation of renaissance compositional techniques — double choirs calling back and forth, chant-like melodies, and hauntingly beautiful harmonic language – that reveal his personal admiration for the music of 16th-century Venice,” Stark said.
After intermission, the concerts will feature “Magnificat” performed by the combined choirs, professional orchestra and student soloists. Associate Professor of Music Henry Leck will conduct.
“Bach’s florid – some would say Italianate – style depicts the miracle of the virgin birth in gilded splendor,” Stark said.
Other selections on the program include the Butler Chorale singing “O Nata Lux” by American composer Morten Lauridsen and the “Gloria” from Dominic Argento’s “The Masque of Angels,” a one-act opera, and University Choir performing “Haitian Noel.”
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