Friday, April 12, 2013

In the Presence of Masters

What a week it's been.

Each night, rehearsing with chorus, orchestra and soloists.

Each night, going home with the timeless sounds of two master composers ringing in my ears.

Bach's exuberant Magnificat...a feast of triumphant solos for flutes, oboes, strings, and a crown of three (!) trumpets, whose concert high-E links the mortal with the heavenly.

Lauridsen's gentle Lux Aeterna, written at the time of his own mother's passing. A contemplation of light, its beams lead us to joy.

We've been fortunate to have Morten Lauridsen with us for final rehearsals, masterclasses and seminars. When he sits at the piano to play an excerpt from his works, it's like getting a peek of Van Gogh at work. And you are there.

Across the centuries and in person, music offers its restorative presence to those brave and hearty enough to plumb its depths. We look forward to sharing the joy, light and hope with you at the performance tonight.

Composer Masterclass with Morten Lauridsen, Butler University Graduate Conducting Student Trevor Fanning (far right) and Director of Choral Activities Henry Leck

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