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Music of the Spheres, a concert of sacred music (01/31 - Trenton NJ)

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
 Princeton Pro Musica Offers Repeat Performance of Music of the Spheres

Princeton Pro Musica will give an encore performance of its Fall concert, “Music of the Spheres,” on Sunday, January 31, 2010, , at Trinity Cathedral,

801 West State Street, Trenton
.    Tickets are $25 at the door; students with ID $10.  


Morten Lauridsen’s luminous and moving Lux Aeterna will be the centerpiece of “Music of the Spheres,” a program also featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, Raminsh and more.    Frances Fowler Slade, founder and Music Director, will conduct.  Lux Aeterna was composed for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its conductor Paul Salamunovich, and premiered at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 13, 1997.  Each of its five connected movements contains references to “light,” assembled from various sacred Latin texts.  In response to this music, Jim Svejda said on National Public Radio, “... it IS possible for important contemporary music to speak directly to the heart.”


Morten Lauriden is one of the most beloved and frequently performed choral composers - his O Magnum Mysterium is included on over 50 recordings, and both recordings of his Lux Aeternawere nominated for Grammys.  He is Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.  He received the 2007 Medal of Arts “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”


The concert title comes from the Canadian composer Stephen Chatman’s Thou Whose Harmony is the Music of the Spheres, a beautiful piece for chorus and oboe solo. This piece sums up the mission of Princeton Pro Musica with the line “By our presence here with one another...may some of the harshness and discord of our human lives/ Be transmuted into music.”


As a historical anchor for the concert, but also a preview of the Princeton Pro Musica performance of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem on May 1, the chorus will perform the Brahms motetSchaffe in mir Gott ein rein Herz (Create in me a clean heart), Op. 29, No. 2.


Tickets for the January 31 concert are $25 at the door, and $10 for students with ID.  For more information, call 609-683-5122 or visit


This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Princeton Pro Musica is the recipient of a grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust.


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