Choral-Orchestral Concert to Feature Bach and Rutter


A concert featuring two short choral-orchestral masterworks, J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” and John Rutter’s “Requiem,” will occur at 8 p.m. April 7 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

English composer and conductor Rutter is known for his work with the Cambridge Singers and for writing approachable music. “Requiem,” written in 1985 and dedicated to the composer’s father, melds mystery with beauty, lush choral writing with a chamber orchestra and a touch of intensity with peacefulness. Soprano Lindsey Lang joins the choir and orchestra for this piece.

Bach’s “Magnificat,” a well-known and celebrated Christmas piece, sets the “Song of Mary” text, when Mary praises God upon learning that she will bear His son. As the trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes and strings resound a joyous introduction, the “Magnificat” pulls the listener immediately into Bach’s world of grandeur. The following 11 concise movements alternate soloists with the choir and very fast music with more contemplative movements. One of the most significant short works from the choral-orchestral repertoire, “Magnificat” is an uplifting celebration of the mystery of life.

Sponsored by the University Orchestra and Cantoria, the concert will include: faculty soloists Elaine AuBuchon, Jacqueline Collett and Jeffrey Seppala; guest soloist Lang; alumni soloists Lisa Blake and Frank Fleschner; and conductor Mark Jennings.

As admission, a suggested donation of $5 for general admission and $3 for students and youth is encouraged.
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