A Concert for Choir, Orchestra & Organ
Please join us Friday, November 13th at 7:30pm for an evening of music for celebration and contemplation, featuring the Barber ADAGIO FOR STRINGS, Choral music of Gabriel Faure, a CONCERTO FOR ORGAN AND STRINGS by Canadian Denis Bedard, and the MASS IN G by Franz Schubert. Filippo Ciabatti will conduct the orchestra and the Emmanuel choir, and the Concerto for Organ and Strings will feature Michael Fisher as soloist.
Barber's "Adagio for Strings" was first written as the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11 in 1936. Earning instant popularity, Barber transcribed the movement for string orchestra and that transcription received its premiere in 1938, Arturo Toscanini conducting. It remains a very popular work of great beauty and quiet intensity.
Composed in 1815, the Mass in G was the second of five Masses written by Schubert. Later in his short life, Schubert expanded the Mass to include Trumpets and Timpani in the orchestra. The performance you will hear uses the original version of 1815.
The "Cantique de Jean Racine" is Faure's Op. 11, written between 1864-65 for a Paris composition competition. He was 19 years old at the time and won first prize for the choral work. It was originally scored for oran or piano and choir, and the Emmanuel choir has sung it before as an anthem during Mass.
French Canadian composer Denis Bedard was born in Quebec City in 1950. His music is essentially tonal and melodic and intended to communicate with as vast a public as possible. The Concerto for Organ and Strings was written between 1999 - 2000. It is in five distinct movements, full of energy and good humor and a movement of introspection. Organist Mike Fisher had the pleasure of hearing it performed at an organists' convention in Quebec City and is pleased to offer you the opportunity to discover this work.
This event makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of great music in the beauty of a great church space. Invite your friends to join you in appreciating the artistic talent our musicians offer to the Glory of God. The concert is presented to all without charge; a freewill offering will be taken to support music at Emmanuel.