Egyptian echoes in St. Louis
Date: April 8, 2014
Location: Missouri, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus continues with its theme for this season, The Ancients Speak, with an exploration of music inspired by Egypt. The performance features settings of Egyptian texts by Wendy Hiscocks and Vagn Holmboe. The latter's Solhymne is complemented with other paeans to the sun by Franz Schubert, Granville Bantock, and Lili Boulanger, and the program concludes with Jussi Chydenius's I Am The Great Sun. Three of Isis's laments for Osiris are set by Bantock and Elisabeth Maconchy, while some tongue-in-cheek relief is offered by Francis Poulenc and Darius Milhaud, who set choruses from Regnard's comedy, Les Momies d'Egypte. Finally, the concert features the US premiere of Rubens Askenar's extraordinary Cuerpos Futuros, which suggests the chilling 'soundscape' of a pyramid's interior. It is an unusual work for this a cappella choir, as it features instrumental accompaniment, but these are no ordinary instruments: 'wah wah' tubes and a high pitched oscillator via a cellphone app.
The venue for the concert is the newly opened theater at the John Burroughs School, 755 South Price Road, St. Louis, MO 63124. Tickets and more information may be found at <chamberchorus.org>