Paul Mealor and The Antioch Chamber Ensemble - March 30
Date: March 6, 2012
Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Antioch Chamber Ensemble presents contemporary choral masterworks by Mealor, Whitacre, Antognini in historic St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC.
NEW YORK—On Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm, the award-winning professional vocal ensemble Antioch will present Sets and the City: Modern Composer Portraits at historic St. Paul’s Chapel, located at Fulton Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan. Featured will be several premieres of works by English composer Paul Mealor, whose international star is on the rise after the stand-out performance of his shimmering Ubi caritas at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last spring. Mr. Mealor will be in attendance, having just conducted a week-long residency at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Also featured will be “The City and the Sea,” a song set by the extraordinarily popular American composer Eric Whitacre, set to poetry by e.e. cummings. The concert will also include the premiere of a work written specifically for the occasion by Swiss-Italian composer Ivo Antognini, based upon Sara Teasdale’s poem “Faces.” Discounted tickets of $15 are available by pre-sale only at http://antiochchamberensemble.org/antiochmealor/ through 12pm on March 30. Thereafter, they may be purchased for $20 either online or at the door, subject to availability.
“I have long admired the beautiful blend, colours and wonderful musicianship of the Antioch Chamber Ensemble and, having heard their fabulous performance of my Ubi caritas earlier this year I knew I had to work with them!” says Mr. Mealor. “This concert of some of my most deeply personal works infused by my strong Christian beliefs—performed in the heart of New York, at the stunningly spiritual St. Paul’s Chapel—will be a very special and touching moment for me.”
First place prize-winners in the prestigious Tolosa International Choral Competition, the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, currently in its 14th season, is widely regarded as one of the finest professional vocal ensembles in the United States. The ensemble performs works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary masterpieces, but in recent years has earned a stellar reputation for their pitch-perfect and expressive interpretation of modern music. They gave the European premiere of Eric Whitacre’s “The City and the Sea” in France in 2010. The same year, they gave the world premiere of American composer Bruce Adolphe’s “Of Art and Onions: Homage to Bronzino” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a work commissioned by the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence to celebrate the unprecedented exhibitions of Bronzino’s drawings at the Met. The ensemble’s second CD,The Passing of the Year, featuring the titular cycle by contemporary composer Jonathan Dove, was released by MSR Classic in May 2010 to glowing praise from the national press. Ronald E. Grames of Fanfare wrote, “The 12-voice Antioch Chamber Ensemble…projects the complex eight-part writing with remarkable authority. As elsewhere in this program, the flawless blend, excellent intonation, and enthusiastic but sensitive phrasing of these relatively young artists, pure and slightly bright in the English style, assures aural bliss… The recordings…are crystal-clear without being analytical, the parts distinct, but the voices beautifully integrated into the ensemble.