Monday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. The Church of St. John the Divine
On Monday, February 5, Upper School Choirs and Chamber Strings will present their annual Choral-Orchestral Festival. Les Chanteuses will perform “Lift Thine Eyes” from Felix Mendelssohn’s cantata, “Elijah,” as well as David Ashley White’s aleatoric “Spirit Moving Over Chaos.” Kantorei will perform Jan Sandström’s arrangement of Michael Praetorius’ “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” Dan Bishop’s haunting arrangement of the American folk hymn, “Amazing Grace,” and William L. Dawson’s famed setting of the spiritual, “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel.”
Upper School Strings will perform Gerald Finzi’s beautiful “Eclogue” and Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite,” the most famous of the many pieces Holst wrote for the string orchestra at St. Paul’s Girls School in the United Kingdom. Chorale will then join members of advanced Chamber Strings, Donald Doucet on the organ, and guest instrumentalists to perform Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem" with guest soloists Joanne Bonasso and Brendan Emig. This landmark, nine-movement piece is widely considered to be one of the greatest choral masterworks of the 20th century as well as a seminal work in the Requiem genre. Admission is free.