St Charles Singers to premiere Gyula Fekete music - Lincoln Cantata
Date: May 16, 2009
Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
The St. Charles Singers, an international concert and recording ensemble based in Chicago’s western suburbs, will conclude its 25th anniversary season with a concert program highlighting works written expressly for them — including two world premieres.
The chamber choir of some 30 voices will present “A Perfectly Fitting Finale: Works Written for the St. Charles Singers” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at St. Michael Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. Single concert tickets are $30 for adult general admission, $20 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for full-time students 23 and under. Tickets and information: (630) 513-5272; www.stcharlessingers.com.
The mixed-voice ensemble will give the world premiere of the Lincoln Cantata by prominent Hungarian composer Gyula Fekete. It was commissioned by the St. Charles Singers and is dedicated to the ensemble.
The cantata is a single-movement work for full choir and string quartet. Jeffrey Hunt, founder and artistic director of the St. Charles Singers, describes it as “very tonal, with a modern Romantic feel and sound.”
It’s a tribute to democracy and statesmanship written to coincide with the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial. The work incorporates excerpts from the writings of Lincoln and Árpád Göncz, the first democratically elected president of the modern Republic of Hungary and a national hero (whom Fekete once met on an overseas airline flight between Hungary and the U.S.).
Fittingly, some songs on the program are about the warm-weather season, others are about songs and singing.
In the latter category is the festive “Let All the World in Ev’ry Corner Sing” by Robert A. Boyd of suburban Westmont, Ill., which will receive its world premiere.
The song, scored for choir with piano accompaniment, is a musical setting of a sacred poem written by 17th-century English poet George Herbert. Boyd calls it a “wonderful and exciting text.”
The song was commissioned by and is dedicated to the St. Charles Singers. Boyd has been singing in the tenor section of the choir since 2000