The Dessoff Choirs continue Refracted Bach: Mid Winter Festival with 'Stile Antico' at Church of St. Paul the Apostle

02/03/12 2 hours 405 W. 59th St. Map
212-677-4650 $15-35; children 12 & under, free.

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Led by Christopher Shepard, “Stile Antico” is a concert of choral and instrumental works that explores how composers of many periods — including Bach himself — have been inspired by earlier styles of music. Bach arranged Palestrina’s Missa Sine Nomine a 6, two movements of which will be presented in this concert, alongside music by another Baroque master, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki. Also on the program are works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Reger, all of whom drew inspiration from Bach. The concert also features contemporary pieces: the American premiere of Tota Pulchra Es Maria by William Hawley (b. 1950); two works by Ingram Marshall (b. 1942): September Canons, a piece for solo violin inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, performed by Todd Reynolds, for whom the work was written, and Holy Ghosts for solo oboe d’amore, written for and performed by Libby Van Cleve; and Komm Jesu, Komm by Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942). The Dessoff Choirs Christopher Shepard, conductor Libby Van Cleve, oboe d’amore Todd Reynolds, violin

PALESTRINA (ARR. J.S. BACH) Kyrie & Gloria from Missa Sine Nomine a 6 * GORCZYCKI Sub tuum praesidium * INGRAM MARSHALL Holy Ghosts (Libby Van Cleve, solo oboe d’amore) WILLIAM HAWLEY Tota Pulchra es Maria (American premiere) Two Motets O Magnum Mysterium INGRAM MARSHALL September Canons (Todd Reynolds, solo violin) SVEN-DAVID SANDSTRÖM Komm Jesu, Komm MENDELSSOHN Warum toben die Heiden, Op 78 No. 1 SCHUMANN Talismane, Op. 141, No. 4 * REGER O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

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