Date(s) - 12/19/2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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As a global pandemic continues to shape our world, we’re exploring facets of public health through music, from physical health to emotional wellness with musical texts of illness, healing, and the power of reaching out to loved ones. We’re excited to share music by composers from the last century to contemporary works written during COVID-induced social isolation, like American composer Dale Trumbore’s “I Hope You’re Doing Well” for online choir, which echo the sentiments of communicating and connecting in our brave new world. We’re raising a prayer for healing with Karen Siegel’s Justice Choir Songbook work “Ana El Na” reimagined for remote choir, and Estonian spiritual minimalist Arvo Pärt’s “Beatitudes.” We’ll present Stacey Gibbs arrangement of the African American spiritual “There is a Balm in Gilead” and Morten Lauridsen’s calming “Sure on This Shining Night.” We’re thrilled to be joined by master Haitian percussionist Jeff Pierre in our performance of “Frè O,” an arrangement of a Haitian traditional Vodou chant for healing.
About Sacred & Profane, A Chamber Chorus:
We’re going digital this season to keep choral music thriving in the age of teleconferencing and social distancing. While we can’t rehearse together physically, we’re exploring new musical opportunities that the challenges of distance present. Our repertoire combines both canonic choral works with brand-new pieces that utilize technology with timely themes—music that allows us to stay connected with one another through our artistic expression, to collaborate, to build bridges in times of social upheaval, to raise our voices for those that are not always heard, and to provide that human comfort during times of stress.
Founded in 1977, Sacred and Profane is an a cappella chamber choir committed to enriching and inspiring its members and the broader community by exploring the breadth of traditional and emerging choral repertoire through authentic and exemplary performances. Concert repertoire includes sacred and secular works from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, drawing from classical, ethnic and folk traditions. The chamber chorus aims to provide an inspiring and educational experience for audiences and chorus members through innovative programming, intensive preparation and high quality performances. Sacred and Profane is composed of 24 to 32 singers (SATB), each bringing a high level of experience and musicianship to the chorus.