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Vocal Arts Ensemble concert at Duke University Chapel (NC)

Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Colleagues,
 
The 33 singers of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham will perform the world premiere of a new work by Dan Locklair, Eriks Esenvalds' "Northern Lights," Mantyjarvi's "Psalm 150 in Grandsire Triples," Herbert Howells' "Take him, earth, for cherishing," and a variety of other mostly a cappella works written in the last 75 years.  The concert is entitled "There Will Be Rest," taken from Dale Warland's composition of the same name. 
 
Sunday, June 9, at 4 pm in Duke Chapel in Durham NC.  Tickets are $10, available at the University Box Office, tickets.duke.edu or 919-684-4444.
 
Here's the program with a few notes about each piece:
 
Stephen Chatman - Dryads’ bells
sung bell sounds by this Canadian composer, written in 1999
 
Dan Locklair - Bond and Free
world premiere of NC composer Dan Locklair’s 2012 setting of a Robert Frost poem that explores two sides of life: the intellectual and the emotional
 
James MacMillan -A Child's Prayer
written by Scottish composer James MacMillan to honor the victims of the 1996 killing at the Dunblane Primary School, which took the lives of 16 children and one adult; performed in this concert to honor the victims of the killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December
 
Steven Sametz - On the death of a friend
2003 composition, with a text from a sermon prior to 1910 burial of King Edward VII
 
Francis Poulenc - Vinea mea electa
one of French composer Poulenc’s 4 Lenten motets from 1939; based on Isaiah and Jeremiah texts about a beloved vine that has turned bitter
 
Herbert Howells -Take him, earth, for cherishing
massive and powerful work written in memory of President John F. Kennedy; performed in this concert to mark the 50th anniversary of his 1963 assassination
 
Ned Rorem - Lift up your heads
written for Ascension Day in 1963, in memory of composer Francis Poulenc
 
Dale Warland - There will be rest
a Sara Teasdale poem, in a choral setting with harp and flute, composed for the Dale Warland Singers in 2003
 
Dan Forrest - Amen
8-voice final movement from SC composer Dan Forrest’s Words of Paradise, 2007
 
Eriks Esenvalds - Northern Lights
2012 composition by this Latvian composer; including a Latvian folk song and the words of two Arctic explorers who encountered the wondrous sight of the Northern lights [in 1859]; with tuned water glasses and chimes
 
Arvo Part - Nunc dimittis
highly expressive 2001 setting by this beloved Estonian minimalist composer; “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”
 
Jaako Mantyjarvi - Psalm 150 in Grandsire Triples
this Finnish composer’s 1999 piece that includes sung bell patterns in the specific change-ringing style called Grandsire Triples
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