Manhattan Chorale presents Prisms: Contemporary Composers Inspired by Early Music
Date: March 11, 2014
Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Tuesday, March 11 at 6:00pm - St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University, NYC
1160 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
This concert is a free event as part of the Music at St. Paul's Series at Columbia University
Craig Arnold, conductor
Ola Gjeilo, guest artist
Glen Thomas Rideout, guest conductor (2013 winner of Manhattan Concert Productions' Conducting Competition in association with the American Choral Directors Associaton)
Manhattan Chorale features a prism of inspirational contemporary works inspired by Early Music. The beloved Ubi Caritas (Where there is charity and love) ignites a theme throughout, first in its original chant, again in Duruflé's beautiful adaption, and finally with Composer-In-Residence and pianist Ola Gjeilo improvising with Manhattan Chorale in his heart-felt setting.
Gjeilo's bold Unicornis Captivatur is at the center of the program and conjures images of the ancient mystical unicorn through lively, stirring rhythms and textures. Hypnotic Medieval chant and haunting harmonies are echoed through works such as Arvo Pärt's Beatitudes, John Tavener's powerful Song for Athene, Michael McGlynn's Sanctus, and Whitacre's Sainte-Chapelle.
Manhattan Chorale is a 32-voice professional choir based in New York City and appearing in concerts throughout the United States. Manhattan Chorale presents a historical spectrum of choral masterworks large and small, traditional and contemporary literature, and the premiere of new works. It has the singular distinction of being the only mixed choir in the nation where the majority of its membership is full time.
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