I will probably repost this later, but I am singing with the Chicago Chorale in a few weeks. Luckily for me, I sang the two shorter pieces on the program in San Diego, but the centerpiece of this concert is the Vierne Messe Solennelle, which is a real showcase for the organist.

Voices Aloft

Sunday, May 13, 2012. 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Weisflog, Organ
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Ticket Pricing
Reserved $35, General Admission $25, Student $20
Reserved and GA tickets will be $5 more at the door

The centerpiece of the concert is Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, for choir and organ, composed in 1899. The greatest organist of his time, Vierne played and composed for the great Parisian organs of St. Sulpice and Notre Dame. As the Messe is one of the grandest compositions of the Golden Age of French organ composition, no organ in Chicago is more suited to this repertoire than the recently restored E.M. Skinner organ at The University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, now the largest organ in Chicago. Nor is any organist more suited to perform the work with Chorale than the Chapel organist, Thomas Weisflog. A heartfelt and sincere work, it also utilizes all of the sonic fireworks that the instrument and the choir are capable, entirely filling the Chapel with sound.

This concert will also feature two ethereally beautiful a cappella works: J.S. Bach’s double choir motet, Komm, Jesu, komm, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden, utilizing the extraordinary acoustic properties of the chapel’s choir loft.

As a bit of a break from ISIT blogging, I am singing in this concert at the end of the week — the repertoire is a bit different than my normal fare of “high classical,” so if you’re in the area and like Bono more than Bach, this might be more up your alley.

WHITE HORSES: Heroes & Hope
Saturday June 26th, 2010
8 p.m.
Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art
$20 General Admission ($15 in advance) / $12 Students & Museum Members / $10 Seniors & Military

Following the success of their sold-out concert in November of 2009, SACRA/PROFANA returns to the San Diego Museum of Art with a program exploring the unique synergy of poetry, art and music. In conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths, this genre-bending vocal ensemble will perform modern musical settings of timeless verse by such beloved poets as e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson and John Keats. The poignant words of the great poets are given new life by the dynamic voices of modern composers- including Minnesota composer Joshua Shank, winner of the 2009 SACRA/PROFANA Choral Composition Contest.

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