Rep suggestions for a "Lenten/Sacred" concert?
Date: December 5, 2011
I had such a nice response about a Saint-Saens piece I couldn't locate in my area, I thought I'd try the forum again.
I direct a choir that is roughly about 24 members, give or take a few. We are not an 'early music' ensemble. In fact, we pride ourselves on being mostly soloists, with a few larger 'choral voices' that can tackle most rep that allows us to 'show off our LARGE vocal sound.'
Even so, I know that two dozen singers is not 'critical mass' for some things. We were going to do the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, but now I think that might be too 'large' a work, even in the reduced orchestration, knowing our venues. (BTW, reduced orch. is harp, percussion and organ)
I'd like to do a work that is more or less tonal, audience pleasing, but (hopefully) thrilling at the same time, for an up and coming Lenten/Sacred concert. Yeah, I could do the "Faure Requiem" as the 'main work,' but I really would like some other options.
Other pieces on the program include Verdi's Pater Noster, three Bruckner motets (Os Justi, Ave Maria, etc.) and if I can find it, a lovely "Avinu Malkeynu" I used to sing when I was a soloist in a synagogue, a million years ago. Length- 1 hr. 15 or so, with intermission.
We have a very good accompanist, can join organ and piano, and even add a harp or some other instruments (members of the group play viola, flute, and violin as well)
Thanks for any and all suggestions.
Dr. John Moir
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