Feb 172016
 

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.

IV
Dirge for Two Veterans


The last sunbeam
Lightly falls from the finished Sabbath,
On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking,
Down a new-made double grave.

Lo, the moon ascending,
Up from the east the silvery round moon,
Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon,
Immense and silent moon.

I see a sad procession,
And I hear the sound of coming full-keyed bugles,
All the channels of the city streets they’re flooding,
As with voices and with tears.

I hear the great drums pounding,
And the small drums steady whirring,
And every blow of the great convulsive drums,
Strikes me through and through.

For the son is brought with the father,
(In the foremost ranks of the fierce assault they fell,
Two veterans son and father dropped together,
And the double grave awaits them.)

Now nearer blow the bugles,
And the drums strike more convulsive,
And the daylight o’er the pavement quite has faded,
And the strong dead-march enwraps me.

In the eastern sky up-buoying,
The sorrowful vast phantom moves illumined,
(‘Tis some mother’s large transparent face,
In heaven brighter growing.)

O strong dead-march you please me !
O moon immense with your silvery face you soothe me !
O my soldiers twain! O my veterans passing to burial !
What I have I also give you.

The moon gives you light,
And the bugles and the drums give you music,
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,
My heart gives you love.

— Walt Whitman
Dec 092015
 

Join Cantabile in a collaboration with the Firehouse Art Center of Longmont as we present “Songs from the Land.” The concert is a choral extension of Firehouse’s recent exhibition Fresh: Art+Farm, a collection of artwork by 40 local artists inspired by 14 local farms. On Friday, February 5, Cantabile performs at the newly constructed Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum and on Sunday, February 7 at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder.

Cantabile will present repertoire featuring selections from Frostiana by Randall Thompson, Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, and Make our Garden Grow, the choral finale from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Works by Jake Runestad and Daniel Elder, two newer names on the American choral music scene, will also be included. Accompanying the music will be a visual presentation of the photographs from the participating FRESH farms. In addition, selected original pieces from Fresh: Art+Farm will be displayed in the Stewart Auditorium Gallery.

Please join us for this unique celebration of nature, community, art and music.

Sep 202015
 

Celebrating Women in Song is a look at women’s influence on choral music, whether as composer, patron, or muse. The centerpiece will be Benjamin Britten’s celebrated Hymn to St. Cecilia. The concert will also feature madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana, a book of English madrigals assembled in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, as well as excerpts from the Gartenlieder of celebrated German composer Fanny Hansel. Other highlights include works by Holy Minimalist composers John Tavener and Henryk Gorecki, music by Gwyneth Walker, and a choral representation of a pagan fertility rite. Without women, none of us would be here, so please come and join us in this wonderful celebration!