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Ecstatic ... A concert by C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective

Location: New York, USA
Voicing: Mixed
C4—The New-Music Chorus for New York—
Sings Music of Joy and Transfiguration
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
65th Street and Central Park West, NYC 10023
8 p.m.
Closest Subways:  1 to 66th St., or 1, A, B, C, D to 59th St./Columbus Circle
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, NYC  10014
8 p.m., reception to follow
Closest Subways:  1 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square
To sing the ecstatic often means to sing the words of the medieval mystics. The modern composers Aaron J. Kernis and Frank Ferko give us their settings of Mechthild de Magdeburg (Ecstatic Meditations) and Hildegard von Bingen (the Hildegard Motets), works that combine the old words with swirls of crystalline beauty that sound as fresh as tomorrow. C4 makes these works the foundations of its current program, Ecstatic. To these we add Tarik O’Regan’s O vera digna hostia and John Harbison’s O Magnum Mysterium, both works set to texts in the Christian canon.
Ecstasy also happens outside the walls of the Church, however. Michael Dellaira sets John Dos Passos’ text about the Wright Brothers’ first flight in The Campers at Kitty Hawk. And three of C4’s own members evoke secular ecstasies in their music: Jonathan David’s classic Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal brings a night of meteors and loving to life; Robinson McClellan wraps ecstasy into The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish; and Hayes Biggs dedicates The Caged Skylark to both C4 and to the great American choral master Gregg Smith. This will be the world premiere of The Caged Skylark.
C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is the new-music chorus for New York, serving audiences, singers, composers, and conductors with performances of music written in the last 25 years. A collective, it nurtures its own members as well as musicians outside the group with its concerts, workshops, and competitions. The diversity of its membership leads to new projects and new repertoire, enriching the musical culture of New York with the unique sounds of the choral music being created now.
Coming up:
March 1 and 3, 2012: C4 sings A Loss for Words, choral music whose words are in an invented language, or scatted, or simply not there at all. Featured: World premieres by C4 composers Timothy Brown, David Harris, and Martha Sullivan, plus the American premiere of Martinaityte’s The Blue of Distance. Also works by Thomas Jennefelt, Malina Rauchenfels, Jaako Mantyjaarvi, and the master of just intonation, Toby Twining.
May 31 and June 2: C4’s first collaboration with the Fireworks EnsembleALL PREMIERES! Brian Coughlin’s Requiem, plus new works by Jonathan David, Karen Siegel, and Martha Sullivan of C4.
For booking, interviews, and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:
Jonathan David (917) 596-9931
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