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Choralis 20th Anniversary: An Experiment in Music

Presented ByChoralis
When/WhereSunday, Jun 07, 2020 5:00pmdeLaski Performing Arts Building, A101, Black Box, Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building, A105, Theater Space, Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building, A102, Theater Dressing Room, Fairfax Campus, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall,…

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Experiments in Music
Todd Fickley, pianist

Suzanne Karpov, soprano

Roger Isaacs, countertenor

Steven Eddy, bass

The grand finale of our 20th season will be three crowd-pleasing works composed by 1930s contemporaries. Carl Orff, Igor Stravinsky, and George Gershwin used techniques and texts in original ways to produce pieces that resonate with performers and audiences alike. Orff’s Carmina Burana crosses the musical bridge of the sacred and profane, and is currently among the most-performed choral works.

Stravinsky’s Symphonie de psaumes incorporates texts from two penitential psalms and Psalm 150 into a three-movement symphony, with the chorus replacing part of the traditional orchestra. Gershwin’s piano concerto, Rhapsody in Blue, written as “an experiment in Modern Music,” melds the seemingly incongruous styles of jazz and European art-music.

The Choralis concert season begins on October 20 with The Maestra’s Eclectic Requiem