Our 2003-2004 season begins and ends with stirring concerts of fine choral repertoire. The first, in October, is half secular and half sacred. English madrigals by Weelkes and Wilbye, Italian balletti by Marenzio, and modern song cycles by Hindemith and Lauridsen are followed by a "quodlibet" mass – assembled from movements from different masses. This presentation juxtaposes the glories of Renaissance polyphony with settings by modern composers like colored panes in a cathedral window.
Our spring concert, in May, explores repertoire for choir accompanied on the keyboard – both piano and organ. The program will include Brahms's Nänie, Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Festival Te Deum, and John Corigliano's impressionistic setting of Dylan Thomas's poem Fern Hill.
The middle of our season features two fine period music collaborations with the New York State Baroque Orchestra, both with performances in Ithaca and Syracuse. In December, the paired ensembles will present Handel's last major oratorio, the dramatic Jephtha, based on a story from the Old Testament book of Judges. In April, audiences will be treated to Bach's sweeping St. John Passion, one of the most intricate and profound treatments of the Easter story ever composed.
We are thrilled to be bringing you this year full of excellent music, and we hope that you will share all of these transcendent sounds with us!
Lawrence Doebler, Musical Director
Saturday, October 25, 2003, 8:00PM
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