Our Spring concert “Going Home” will be held on May 13th, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s church on Elgin Street.
We will be conducted by Peter Dent, Director and Kristina Stevens, Assistant Director with Robert Dukarm, Accompanist. The program includes compositions drawn from composers of the Renaissance to two writing in this Century.
“Home” is the theme of the concert. Concepts as diverse as a miner’s cabin to the cosmos are included in the notion of home. British composers William Byrd’s “Ascendit Deus” and Gerald Finzi’s “God is Gone Up” celebrate the bodily Ascension of Christ from earth to his heavenly home. Two African American spirituals – Steal Away and Goin’ Home – present death as a home coming for the weary soul. Felix Mendelssohn’s setting of the liturgical “Nunc Dimittis” used in the Vespers and Compline services presents home as rest at the end of the day (or of life).
“Home” is not just a spiritual destination. The song of the Hebrew slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco was pivotal in the campaign to unify Italy into a country. Heading home can be an eagerly anticipated return to the Scottish Hebrides on the “Road to the Isles”, “Westering Home” to Islay; or the pain of leaving “Innsbruck”, Austria. “Home” can be in the mountains, “The Hills of Home”, or on the plains, “Home on the Range”.
With a balance of both sacred and secular themes, singing in four languages, this is a program of broad appeal to a spring audience on the Mothers’ Day afternoon.
$15 in advance from Choir members or Ivy’s Bookshop;
$20 at the door;
Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free!