Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls Featured in Sept. 11 10th Anniversary Presentation by Elgin (IL) Choral Union
Date: September 6, 2011
Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Other Choirs
On Sunday, September 11, at 3:30 p.m., the Elgin (IL) Choral Union, together with the City of Elgin and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, will present a commemorative program titled "A Concert of Remembrance" featuring the Elgin Choral Union, members of the Heartland Voices chamber ensemble (Elgin, directed by Dr. John Slawson), and members of the Elgin Children's Chorus (Dr. Jay Kellner, director). The 150-voice massed choir will be led by Elgin Choral Union Music Director Andrew Lewis at Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois. Tickets may be purchased through the Hemmens Box Office, and are priced from $10-$50 depending on location. They may be ordered by phone (847.931.5900), online (www.hemmens.org), or in person at the above address.
John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls was commissioned for the first anniversary of 9-11. Interweaving street sounds, prerecorded voices, full orchestra, children's chorus and adult chorus with texts from fragments of missing-person signs at Ground Zero, personal reminiscences, and a list of randomly chosen victims' names, it expresses powerful emotions in only twenty-three minutes of music.
The program ends with the consoling message of Brahms' A German Requiem (in German; both parts of the program will have English texts
visible onstage). Unlike most requiems, which repeat the Latin text of the Roman Catholic prayer mass for the dead, Brahms' version
features Biblical passages focusing on messages of spiritual healing for the living. Soloists Solange Sior, soprano, and Ghibong Kim, baritone,
from Elgin OPERA will be featured in the Requiem.
About the Elgin Choral Union: Organized in 1947 as the "union" of 15 area church choirs in order to be able to perform the Brahms
Requiem, the Elgin Choral Union is the oldest and largest performing arts organization in the Fox River Valley in the western collar counties
of Chicago/Cook County. It is an adult auditioned community chorus of over 100 voices, and its members, age 18-80, come from over 30 communities. Its mission: We are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in creating and performing choral music for the joy,
enrichment, and education of our membership and our audiences. For more information, please visit www.elginchoralunion.org or
contact Special Project Manager Julie Baker at 847.214.7954 or Executive Director Jennifer Bolino at 847.214.7513.