“From Darkness Into Light” is Cantabile’s inaugural concert under the baton of new Music Director Hannah Wunsch. The relationship of mankind to light and darkness has been explored for centuries. This program reflects universal themes of darkness and light as interpreted by composers through the ages and across cultures. The acclaimed music of Morten Lauridsen, with others works by Johannes Brahms and John Rutter, explores the mystery and melancholy of darkness, while stunning pieces from Eric Whitacre, Gerald Finzi, and Charles Villiers Stanford ignite the hope and levity of light. With these composers and more, Cantabile takes listeners on a journey through music and time.
About the Program
Morten Lauridsen, who has composed beloved pieces for over 40 years, explores night through his three Nocturnes: Sure on this Shining Night, which has become a choral classic, Sa Nuit d’Été and Soneto de la Noche, which are equal in beauty and mystery.
Ralph Vaughan Williams is an English composer from the turn of the 20th century whose work is described as ostensibly familiar and commonplace, yet deep and mystical as well as lyrical, melodic, melancholic, and nostalgic, yet timeless”. The performance includes Vaughan William’s Sweet Day, a deeply melancholy setting of George Herbert’s poem of the same name, which juxtaposes the sweetness of a passing day with the inevitability of darkness. The performance also features songs from another tradition, the spiritual. Settings by Barbara Baker and Joe Jennings hold fast to the promise of day after night and calm after the storm.