Our 2019-20 season focuses on the ways music can remind and bring us comfort and solace. Our November concerts highlight music and texts that ask our audience to consider memories and locales from our lives that we look to for strength to continue through difficult times. Our February performances feature the Brahms Requiem, a piece that is meant to comfort those who grieve when loved ones pass. Our final performances in May include new works created by Boulder area high-school musicians. These concerts demonstrate that all ages can partake in the universal language of expression found when music and poetry unite.
In times of emotional highs and lows, we all seek places of comfort and refuge. Whether they be physical places, nostalgic memories from our past, or a steadfast solitude within, we return to these places to find solace, calm, and joy. Cantabile’s first concert of this season will explore music that brings us to those places. With a program that pays tribute to the places that are sacred, personal, and nostalgic, to real locations of natural beauty and to places that define our pasts and present, Cantabile hopes you will join us for a night of stirring artistry. The concert will feature John Corigliano’s Fern Hill that sets Dylan Thomas’s evocative text of a beautiful childhood nearly forgotten for choir, mezzo soprano solo, strings and and piano.
Along with Cantabile’s own phenomenal Stella Pradeau on the piano, Cantabile is thrilled to be joined by the acclaimed Altius Quartet to play Corigliano’s Fern Hill as well as a selection of their own. This varied program will also include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Claudio Monteverdi, Johannes Brahms, and twenty-first century composers Joan Szymko, Dale Trumbore, Ola Gjeilo, and Shawn Kirchner. Come join us for a program that asks you to remember and consider the places we return to throughout our lives.
Stella Pradeau, piano
Melanie Lawrence, piano
Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem was first premiered in 1867. After revisions and the addition of a seventh movement, it was premiered again in 1868 as we know it today. This choral-orchestral masterwork has been performed consistently for its 150-year history and still resonates with audiences. Cantabile is honored to be the featured chorus for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance on February 23rd, 2020. In addition, Cantabile will be performing the four-hand piano version that was arranged by Brahms himself two weeks in advance on February 9th, 2020 at First Congregational Church of Boulder. Known often as a “Requiem for the living,” the scripture was chosen by Brahms to comfort those that the dead leave behind. In a letter to the conductor of one of the Requiem’s premieres, Brahms is noted as saying he wished it to be renamed to “A Human Requiem” for he hoped that all humanity, not just Germans, might take solace in its music and text. We hope to see you for either, or both, of these performances in February.
Stella Pradeau, piano
Five years ago, the Pasadena Master Chorale began a program that mentors and encourages high school-aged students to compose choral music. This year, their program will enter its sixth year, and has inspired Cantabile to do the same. Our final concert of the season will feature world premieres from new high school-aged composers of Boulder. Their voices are those that will frame and develop our future. In preparation for the performance they will be mentored by Kevin Padworski, celebrated Denver composer, Director of Vocal Music at the Colorado Academy, and Artistic Director of The Colorado Chorale. The program will also include music by Padworski and CU composition professor Cecil Effinger, plus other local composers. In addition, Boulder’s choral past will be lifted up as we celebrate the music of those on whom our young composers’ futures rest. Come join us as we listen as we welcome the newest voices of Boulder’s choral community.