2023-2024 Season: Music of Praise, Glory, Fate, and Hope
Building on our first season together, Artistic Director Michael Driscoll continues programming compelling and diverse music.
November’s concert features Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Premiered in the 1960s, both were influenced by jazz and popular music, and both exemplify the power of ancient sacred texts to express timeless desires for peace and spiritual transcendence.
In March, 2024, we explore fate and faith through the richly expressive music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Lobgesang, Johannes Brahms’s Schicksalslied, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42.
We conclude our season in May, giving voice to “the dream unfinished” through Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, William Grant Still's Plain-Chant for America, other works by Price, as well as works by Margaret Bonds, Randall Thompson, André Thomas, Irving Berlin, and Dorothy Rudd Moore.
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Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 8pm
“Glory and Praise”
A Commonwealth Composer Concert
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Francis Poulenc: Gloria
Salomon Sulzer: Psalm 111
César Franck: Psalm 150
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano; Leo Balkovetz, tenor; Susan DeSelms, organist.
with organ, harp, percussion, and bass
Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 3pm
“Fate and Faith”
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Lobgesang
Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied
Felix Mendelssohn: Psalm 42
Dana Lynne Varga, soprano
With professional orchestra
Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 8pm
“The Dream Unfinished”
Florence Price: Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
William Grant Still: Plain-Chant for America with piano
Philip Lima, baritone; Valerie Becker, pianist