Composer's Showcase: original contemporary choral works
Date: May 24, 2014
Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
I'd like to invite you to a Composer's Showcase event taking place on August 3 in Hopewell, N.J.
This summer's showcase features the works of composer John Cavallaro of Princeton, and his 20-voice chorus will perform nine original selections, three of which are world premieres. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a variety of new pieces from a composer who might not yet be familiar to you. His compositions have been performed in the local area by Princeton Pro Musica, Mostly Motets, and the Delaware River Consort, and nationally by Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, Cal., the Stanford Memorial Church Choir in Stanford, Cal. and The New World Chorale and Coro Maris Stella in the Boston area.
The program is scheduled to last about an hour, including time to meet the artists.
I hope you'll be able to attend this unique event. Your guests and interested colleagues are, of course, welcome as well. Reservation info is below.
Dee Dee Miles
A Note from John:
My name is John Cavallaro, and I am a composer living in Princeton, New Jersey. I’m writing to you to inform you of an exciting event called “Composer’s Showcase” on Sunday 8/3 at the historic Hopewell Rail Station in Hopewell, New Jersey. This free concert will give you an opportunity to hear some of my original choral music, both sacred and secular, which you may be interested in programming for your ensemble.
The program will consist of 9 original a cappella pieces in 3 sets.
Set I: Gregorian Themes
1. Pater Noster
a Latin setting of the Lord’s Prayer using the Gregorian chant theme
2. Victimae Paschali Laudes
a polyphonic setting of the Latin Easter Sunday sequence using the Gregorian chant theme
3. Salve Regina
a 6-part Gregorian-inspired setting of the famous Marian antiphon
Set II: Christmas in August
4. O Magnum Mysterium
a polyphonic setting of the anonymous 10th century text of the Christmas matins responsorial chant
5. Ave Maria
an SATB setting of the Latin Hail Mary text using original themes
an 8-part anthem using the famous text Hodie Christus natus est (antiphon to the Magnificat, sung on Christmas day)
Set III: Latest Works
a setting of the unpublished poem by contemporary American poet Nicholas Wolf
8. Lost and Found*
a triptych-like setting of three poems by contemporary American poet Nicholas Wolf, from his published collection Lost and Found
9. Will You Please Stand*
a recently completed work on an original text, dedicated to the singers of Princeton Pro Musica (Princeton, N.J.)
* World premiere performances
The works will be performed by Coretto Cavallaro, a new ensemble of 20 professional singers specially selected for this event. Among the Coretto are graduates of prestigious institutions such as Westminster Choir College and James Madison University, faculty at Rider University, and several music directors of their own vocal ensembles. They come from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and all are dedicated to making contemporary choral music a more prominent part of the classical music experience.
The concert will take place on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4 pm in the historic Hopewell Rail Station, 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell, N.J.
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Admission to this event is free, but attendance is limited to 50, so reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve your seats, please send an email to Composer’s Showcase at firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve.
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at the concert!
Dr. John F. Cavallaro
Artistic Director, Coretto Cavallaro
Front view, Hopewell Rail Station, Hopewell, N.J.