Pre-concert talk by Artistic Director, Dennis Houser, at 2:00PM
The Prescott Chorale will open the season with A Symphony of Voices, a concert inspired by the masterwork by Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Arranged for Chorus and a chamber orchestra, the orchestration is lush, the music challenging, and the experience transcendent. Dennis Houser, Artistic Director, said, “I selected Stravinsky’s work because it hasn’t been performed in Prescott; it is a powerful and truly unique setting of several Psalms in three parts, it was written in 1930 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony in Stravinsky’s neoclassical period. It includes text from Psalms 38, 39, and 150. The Chorale is delighted to have Margaret Houck, accompanist, master teacher, and classical pianist, returning to the stage. She will be joined by outstanding local instrumentalists for the performance.
The second half of this concert will be very different. Maestro Houser has selected excerpts from the Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 and Op. 65 (Neue Liebeslieder) by Johannes Brahms. The accompaniment for this work is “piano four hands”, and Ms. Houck will be joined by noted local musician and retired music teacher, Ed Roman. These love songs are normally set for solo quartets or octets, and will be performed with the Chorale arranged in three small ensembles to give the music a “chamber choir” feel. Rumor has it that Brahms found his inspiration for these delightful, complex love songs in his frustrated love for pianist Clara Schumann, composer Robert Schumann’s wife. The individual pieces can be arranged at the conductor’s discretion, yet are clearly bound together by Brahm’s compositional style. Completed in 1869 and 1874, some of the orchestral arrangements will not published until 1938. The works have delighted audiences for many years as some of his most successful creations.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2:30pm Pre-concert talk at 2:00pm.
The Prescott Chorale will open the season with A Symphony of Voices, a concert inspired by the masterwork by Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Arranged for Chorus and a chamber orchestra, the orchestration is lush, the music challenging, and the experience transcendent.
Tickets: Adult $21 adv, $22 door
Youth 12-18: $6.00
Under 12 free
St Luke's Espiscopal Church
2000 Shepards Lane, Prescott