Portland Symphonic Choir presents "Cathedral Classics: Songs in the Stones"
Date: February 24, 2011
Location: Oregon, USA
The program is a mix of inspiring works composed for the resonant world of cathedrals that tell a musical story spanning the musical timeline, from the Renaissance to the present day. Tomas Luis de Victoria’s cry of spiritual victory, “Dona Nobis” from “Missa Pro Victoria” is the earliest work, and Keith Hampton’s jazzy, revival-meeting song “Praise His Holy Name” is among the most recent.
Between them lies a rich tapestry of music that includes the lyrical tones of Anton Bruckner’s “Os Justi,” the fluid fugue passages of “Cum Sancto Spiritu” from Mozart’s C MInor Mass, Rachmaninov’s richly pious “Bogoroditse Devo,” the crisp Renaissance sounds of Hans Leo Hassler’s “Verbum Caro Factum Est,” Vaughan Williams’ lovely “Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge,” and the ebullient anthem “Let the People Praise Thee,” composed by William Mathias for Charles and Diana’s wedding.
Several other wonderful works round out the concert , including Jonathan Dove’s inspiring contemporary anthem, “Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars” and the debut of “Ave Maria,” the prize-winning work of a young local composer, J. Michael Saunders. The program ends with the lushly worshipful “O Magnum Mysterium” by Portland native Morten Lauridsen.
Hear the largest and oldest choir in the area sing the classic hymns and motets that will set the cathedral ringing! Tickets start at only $20 for this can’t-miss concert of cherished choral music.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.pschoir.org/store.html