December 9 and 10, Our fall 2017 concert, “Eternal Light”
The Lux Aeterna for chorus and chamber orchestra or organ was composed for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its Maestro Paul Salamunovich, who premiered the work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 13, 1997. Each of the five connected movements in this choral cycle contains references to ‘Light’ assembled from various sacred Latin texts. I composed Lux Aeterna in response to my Mother’s final illness and found great personal comfort and solace in setting to music these timeless and wondrous words about Light, a universal symbol of illumination at all levels—spiritual, artistic and intellectual.
– Morten Lauridsen
Waldron Island, Summer, 2008
Since its premiere in 1997, Lux Aeterna has been performed countless times throughout the world in either the orchestral version or that with organ accompaniment (the organist performs from a separate organ part, not from the choral/orchestral reduction score). The Contra Costa Chorale’s performance will be with organ accompaniment.
May 13 and 14, our Spring 2017 concert featuring
Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem
The Contra Costa Chorale, with guest director John Kendall Bailey, presents Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, one of the greatest masterworks in all of choral literature. The four-hand piano accompaniment, arranged by Leonard Van Camp for the 100th anniversary of the Requiem, is based on the original Brahms manuscript in the Library of Congress, which was premiered in London on July 18, 1871. Joining the Chorale are soloists Rita Lilly, soprano and Sepp Hammer, baritone, with Cara Bradbury and Skye Atman on piano.
Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, CA 94707; (directions)
Sunday, May 14 at 5:00 PM
Hillside Covenant Church, 2060 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94707 (directions)
$20 General, $15 Students/Seniors/Disabled. Children under 12 – free admission.
Purchase tickets online: http://ccchoralespr17.brownpapertickets.com.