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Chicago Choral Artists Concert with guest conductor Michael D. Costello

Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Concert to Feature Motets and Madrigals of Mourning and Hope
As winter wears on into early March and spring seems a distant dream, the Chicago Choral Artists embrace the season to sing old music and new in a concert of Music for Mourning, Music for Hope. The concert provides a rare Chicago-land opportunity to hear Monteverdi’s Sestina, a set of 6 madrigals of mourning.  Motets for double choir by Schütz and J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn’s Nunc dimittis contrast with Gibbons’ madrigal What is our life?  Guest conductor is Michael D. Costello, with Jason Moy, harpsichord and organ, and Jeremy Ward, cello.
The concert’s second half includes shorter a cappella works by American composers, including Chicago-area composers Costello, Schalk, and Proulx.  Barber’s setting of a poem by Emily Dickenson and works by Horvit, Fleming, and Billings eloquently express the scope of human emotion and warm the soul with music both austere and beautiful.
Program Repertoire
Heinrich Schütz: Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe (from Musikalische Exequien), SWV 280  (1585-1672)
Orlando Gibbons: What Is Our Life?       (1583-1625)
Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’mata, SV 111  (1567-1643)
I. Incenerite spoglie
II. Ditelo, o fiumi
III. Dara la note
IV. Ma te raccoglie
V. O chiome d’or
VI. Dunque, amate reliquie
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228     (1685-1750)
Felix Mendelssohn: Nunc dimittis       (1809-1847)
Michael D. Costello: On this Mountain       (b. 1979)
Carl F. Schalk: I Saw a New Heaven and a New Earth     (b. 1929)
William Billings: The Dying Christian’s Last Farewell     (1746-1800)
Michael Horvit: Even When God Is Silent      (b. 1932)
Samuel Barber: Let Down the Bars, O Death, Op. 8, No. 2     (1910-1981)
Larry L. Fleming: Give Me Jesus        (1936-2003)
Richard Proulx: The Choirmaster at the Pearly Gates    (1937-2010)
4:00pm, Sunday, March 2
Our Lady of Victory
5212 W. Agatite Avenue, Chicago
7:30pm, Saturday, March 8
Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division Street, River Forest
4:00pm, Sunday, March 9
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W. Foster, Chicago
Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10
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