With this concert, Groundhog Day will have just passed, and with it the debate about when Winter will finally come to an end. Winter’s Passing will try to musically illustrate the transition from Winter to the often more highly regarded season, Spring. The centerpiece of this program is Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, a cycle of five pieces that highlight our phenomenal pianist, Stella Pradeau. Other featured composers include John Rutter and Paul Hindemith. Come reflect on the season that has passed, and think on the season that is to come.
This year, the United States goes through a ritual that for some is a time of hope and expectation, and for others a time of despair and stress. For all, it is an important moment to better understand the issues facing our time and country. With this ritual, the Presidential election, as a backdrop, we offer you a moment to step back and experience selections from our choral music history as a country. The repertoire will span our country’s choral heritage, and includes William Billings’ 1770 patriotic anthem Chester, choral music composed from and inspired by Native North American traditions, and arrangements of numerous folk songs and spirituals that highlight the cultural diversity of our country’s population. We hope you’ll join us for a musical break from the debate and intense rhetoric of the election season to enjoy a snapshot of the United States’ choral heritage.
Among Boulder’s numerous choral ensembles, the Cantabile Singers have always occupied an interesting niche. Cantabile is a community choir, but on a smaller scale than the Boulder Chorale and more akin to that ensemble’s chamber subgroup. Its singers are polished and experienced, and there is a continual push for quality both in performance and repertoire.
Cantabile presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1936 cantata Dona Nobis Pacem for chorus and orchestra. Written between the two World Wars, with texts from three poems by Walt Whitman, the Bible, and the Catholic Mass, Dona Nobis Pacem is a powerful and moving plea for peace.
‘O man greatly beloved, fear not, peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.’