Morten Lauridsen Choral Festival Featuring Composer and His Music
Date: April 21, 2014
Location: California, USA
~~Valley Concert Chorale to Host Choral Festival Featuring Composer Morten Lauridsen, National Medal of Arts Recipient, and His Music
Livermore, Calif. – The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating 50 years as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, will host a five-day choral festival featuring the music of choral composer Morten Lauridsen. Mr. Lauridsen, named an 'American Choral Master' by the National Endowment for the Arts and the 2007 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, will be present for the festival which will include two choral performances, choral workshops for high school and college choirs, and showing of a film documentary about his life.
The Chorale, in collaboration with the choirs of California State University San Jose, California State University East Bay, Las Positas College and Amador Valley High School, will participate in the workshops and present two performances of all-Lauridsen musical selections. Details are as follows:
A Morten Lauridsen Festival with Morten Lauridsen
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
“This is a very special event for the Chorale, the colleges, high school and the community,” says John Emory Bush, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale.
Lauridsen is most noted for his seven vocal cycles and his series of a cappella motets which are regularly performed by distinguished ensembles and vocal artists throughout the world. The two concerts will feature selections from his Mid-Winter Songs, Nocturnes, set to four poems, one of which is the moving Sure on the Shining Night, Dirait-on from his Les Chansons des Roses cycle, selections from Madrigali: Six "Firesongs", O Nata Lux from Lux Aeterna, and O Magnum Mysterium performed a cappella.
In addition, singers from the audience who know Dirait-on and Sure on this Shining Night are welcome to bring music and join the choirs in a reprise of these two selections.
“Mr. Lauridsen is one of, if not the most heralded choral composers in the world today,” explains Bush. “His choral works are some of the most moving and inspiring of pieces ever written, and we are so very fortunate to have him be a part of our 50th Anniversary season, sharing his skill and insight to his music. It will be an experience the singers will never forget, and neither will the audiences who attend the May performances.”
Film: “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 7pm.
May 14: Film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” - $10
(Student tickets $10 with valid student ID)
Tickets may be purchased online on the Chorale’s website at www.valleyconcertchorale.org, or by calling (925) 866-4003.
More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at www.valleyconcertchorale.org or by calling the general information line at (925) 866-4003.
About Morten Lauridsen
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout (on an isolated tower near Mt. St. Helens) and attended Whitman College before traveling south to study composition at the University of Southern California with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen. He began teaching at USC in 1967 and has been on their faculty ever since.
In 2006, Lauridsen was named an 'American Choral Master' by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide."
His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations, including O Magnum Mysterium by the Tiffany Consort, A Company of Voices by Conspirare, Sound The Bells by The Bay Brass and two all-Lauridsen discs entitled Lux Aeterna by the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Paul Salamunovich and Polyphony with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton. His principal publishers are Peermusic (New York/Hamburg) and Faber Music (London).
For more about Mr. Lauridsen, visit his website at www.mortenlauridsen.net.
About Valley Concert Chorale
Valley Concert Chorale’s mission is to engage audiences in the transforming power of music by sharing their passion and joy in live performance. They are dedicated to excellence in singing choral music of all genres, nurturing the next generation of singers, and supporting musical endeavors in the Tri-Valley community.
The all-volunteer, non-profit chorale receives financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, fundraisers and donations.