DECEMBER 5, 2014 | Festival of Lights

DECEMBER 5, 2014 | 7:30 PM | MISISON SANTA CLARA – SANTA CLARA, CA
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY CHOIRS – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

I am beginning my second year at Santa Clara University with a concert built around a pair of Magnificats. After my experience with Bach at the Oregon Bach Festival, I wanted to make sure I did some Baroque music this year, and I think Durante’s (often thought of as Pergolesi’s) Magnificat is a perfect piece for everyone at SCU to be able to do. We’ll be doing that work with portativ organ and string quintet – soloists coming from the choir. In the second half, we open with Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat, a piece I’ve wanted to do ever since I heard the incredible recording of it by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Wow… that’s good. We’ll also be doing the US Premiere of Cecilia McDowall’s Ad Lucem: A Canticle of Light for soprano soloist, choir, and string orchestra. Our soprano will be an alum of SCU who I met at OBF, Madeline Bersamina. She’s fantastic, so I’m excited to work with her and she will also lend her voice to an Abbie Betinis composition, Behind the Clouds.

Tickets available through scupresents.org

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Geilo Northern Lights
-Chamber Singers

Fjellheim Eatnamen Vuelie
Rutter Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
Yon Gesù Bambino
-Concert Choir

Victoria O Magnum Mysterium
Betinis Behind the Clouds (with Madeline Bersamina)
Betinis In the Bleak Midwinter
-Chamber Singers

Durante Magnificat

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Pärt Magnificat
Cohen (arr) Mizmor Layla
-Chamber Singers

Basler Gloria
Mganga (arr) Natufurahi siku ya leo
-Concert Choir

McDowall Ad Lucem: A Canticle of Light (US Premiere)
-Concert Choir with Madeline Bersamina

Gruber Silent Night
-Concert Choir

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