The Baroque era of Western music spans from the late 17th century through the middle of the 18th century. The two composers of this era featured on this concert could easily be considered musical masters of their time and enjoy many similarities: both began their musical training in the hallowed halls of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy; both would travel throughout Europe gaining notoriety for their compositions of chamber music, operas, and music for the church; both were named Antonio! The chief difference between the two is found in the popularity their compositions enjoy today. Antonio Vivaldi’s music is heard regularly and we are thrilled to perform his perhaps most well known work, Gloria. In contrast, Antonio Caldara, although not completely unknown, is not nearly as celebrated today despite that he was likely of equal fame during the Baroque era. Cantabile is excited to present Caldara’s Missa Dolorosa. These two works set beautifully together for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. We hope you’ll join Cantabile as we celebrate two masters of the Baroque, one you might know, and the other you might not.
So often, love songs celebrate the deepest unconditional and undying qualities of love, but we’re choosing to throw that mushy stuff out the window. Instead let us consider the music and texts that emphasize the silly, flirtatious, and darker sides of love. In particular, we will feature selections from Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder, a collection of waltzes set for chorus and four-hand piano whose texts focus on the stormy and torrid side of love. When you’ve grown tired of the sappy love that Valentine’s Day celebrates, come hear some wonderful music about the ‘other’ sides of love.
In addition to the performances listed below, Cantabile will present an abbreviated selection of these pieces as part of the Boulder Public Library Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series on February 20th at 12:00 pm.
Cantabile’s first concert of the season is inspired not by the season of the year, or by any specific composer or poet, but solely by our venues: the Boulder Public Library and the Longmont Museum. Libraries and museums are gathering places for the community and a repository of literature, philosophy and knowledge from all spheres of study. The music of our performance features poetry and texts inspired by these ideas and comes from throughout music history. From Shakespearean sonnets to pieces inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, our selections promise something for everyone. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the sharing of knowledge and enlightenment that our libraries and museums represent.
In addition to the performances listed below, Cantabile will present an abbreviated, sensory-friendly selection of these pieces as part of the Boulder Public Library Concert Series on November 18th at 2:00 pm.
Leonard Bernstein is celebrated as the composer of masterworks such as West Side Story, Candide, and Mass. Standing easily next to these works is his Chichester Psalms, composed in 1965 for a festival at Chichester Cathedral. Cantabile’s performance of this work will feature the reduced orchestration arrangement for Organ, Harp, and Percussion. Bernstein set six of the psalms in the three movements of the Chichester Psalms. Also on the program will be other settings of the same psalms that Bernstein used. This concert is sure to be full of variety and fascinating comparisons based around one of the United States’ most celebrated composers.