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Spring Concert: A Celebration of the Choral Art

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Two festive tours-de-force for choir and brass by William Walton and John Rutter are combined with J.S. Bach's Cantata 118 O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht (O Jesus Christ, light of my life), and Morten Lauridsen's earliest choral style, the Mid-Winter Songs on poetry by Robert Graves. the concert gives eloquent5 expression to both cosmic praise and f\deep intimacy. Walton's ebullient Coronation Te Deum was composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, and features lush double-choir writing and infection rhythm. John Rutter's joyful Gloria, composed 20 years later contains fanfares aplenty and a rhapsodically lyrical middle movement. LKaridsen's setting of the graves poetry charts the wayward romantic fortunes of the poet in stunningly evocative compositions, with challenging and crystalline music for choir and piano. Making Bach Choir history by performing this fabulous program at the State Theatre in Easton. our first time in the venue. Philadelphia area friends will be able to join us on March 18 for a performance in the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.