May 27, 2018 at 8 PM
Thea Musgrave: A 90th Birthday Concert in NYC
with Guest Artists: American Brass Quintet, Tadeusz von Moltke, James Adams, Nicholas Daniel, José Adán Pérez, Jenny Sandelin,
Christine Lyons, Geraldine McMillian, Martin Fisher, Michael Fennelly
Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 W 46th St, New York
The program with notes by Thea Musgrave
The Voices of our Ancestors. chorus, brass quintet and organ. 2014. 32 minutes. U.S. PREMIERE
A setting [in English] of 12 poems from ancient times – in Vedic, Sanskrit, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Chinese, Latin, Greek ad Egyptian – which have vivid meaning for us today.
Rorate Coeli. A cappella Chorus. 1977. 11 minutes A setting of two interleaved poems of the famous Scottish poet William Dunbar (written circa 1500). One poem is the Nativity poem of the title, the other is the poem about the Resurrection: 'Done is a battle on the dragon black'.
Dawn. Solo oboe. 2012 1.5 minutes Written as a birthday present for the 50th of Nicholas Daniel
La Vida es Sueño. A Dramatic Monologue. WORLD PREMIERE. 2016 Baritone and
Piano. 9 minutes
Life is a Dream, a soliloquy from the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, first published in 1635 -- a philosophical allegory regarding the human situation and the mystery of life.
OPERA EXCERPTS: THREE HEROINES FROM THREE CONTINENTS -Manuela’s Aria, from Simón Bolívar. Soprano solo. Piano. 1994. 6 minutes. Manuela is Bolívar’s mistress - (very shocking since she is married!). Bolívar has left Lima to return to Bogotá and has fallen very ill. He begs her to join him there. She eventually does so, and later rescues him from an assassination attempt.
-Duet and Lament, from Harriet, the Woman called Moses. Soprano, Mezzo, Chorus.
Piano. 1984. 10 mins.
Harriet runs in very upset. Rit asks her daughter what has happened. Harriet answers that the Master’s son, Preston, has tried to seduce her. Rit responds that despite such an injustice there are some things that cannot be changed. Rit stands with her husband, Ben [super]. Preston [Narrator] enters and accuses Ben of helping runaways and he will go to prison. He grabs him and they exeunt. The chorus enter, horrified as they see what has happened. Rit sings of her despair.
-Ensemble, from the end of Act II of Mary Queen of Scots.12 minutes Soprano, Baritone solo, other soli. Chorus, Piano. 1977. Mary and James confront each other. She tells him that she can no longer trust him. He must leave, which he does reluctantly. She will stand alone. She then exits with renewed determination. Now James re-enters. He tells the people who have gathered that Riccio (the court musician Mary had brought with her from France) has been found murdered. And Mary herself is compromised. (In fact in the opera we have already seen that Mary’s husband, Darnley, was incited by James’s own henchmen to carry out this deed). James tells the people that Mary has abandoned them. He will therefore have to take control to safeguard the kingdom. Meanwhile Mary has re-entered unobtrusively and stands with her people - the chorus. She now confronts James again and forces him into exile.For more information, click here to view the choral brochure.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance.
June 2, 2018 at 3 PM
Symphony Space, NYC
95 Street and Broadway
with The Canticum Novum Singers
Each year ChoralFest USA highlights the wealth of musical talent across the country. The New York Virtuoso Singers joins a dozen accomplished choirs from our region and beyond to reinforce a passion for American, and other, choral music. Audience members are free to come and go as they please during this marathon concert, which runs until 10 PM.