Coe Concert Choir, Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale to present masterworks concert

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2013-04-01 13:56:38 - General

The Coe College Concert Choir will join with the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale and a professional orchestra in a presentation of two choral masterworks. The concert, featuring J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" and Morten Lauriden's "Lux Aeterna," will be held on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is open to the public at no charge.

"We aim to provide the students with a choral-orchestral 'masterwork' experience at least every other year," said Coe Music Professor and Concert Choir Director Marc Falk. "This year, we thought it might be fun to combine forces with another local choir also looking for that large group experience."

The two works, one from the Baroque era and one contemporary (1997), are not outwardly similar, but are complimentary in interesting ways.

The "Magnificat," or "Canticle of Mary," comes from the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55) and tells the story of the visitation and Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth as Elizabeth greets her as the mother of God. "My soul doth magnify the Lord," Mary begins, "and my spirit shall rejoice in God my savior." J.S. Bach (1685-1750) sets this text in a majestic and celebratory style with strings, winds, timpani and baroque trumpets. As in his cantatas, choral movements alternate with movements for vocal solos and duets paired with specific solo instruments.

In the "Lux Aeterna," Lauridsen takes a selection of sacred Latin texts and combines them to form a five-movement work focused on themes of "light." Lauridsen notes in his introduction to the piece that he "composed 'Lux Aeterna' in response to [his] Mother's final illness and found great personal comfort and solace in setting to music these timeless and wondrous words about Light, a universal symbol of illumination at all levels - spiritual, artistic, and intellectual."

"While the two works are musically very different, their uplifting themes of light and praise complement and illuminate each other," said Falk. "Students and faculty are enjoying rehearsing and preparing these two masterworks, and we hope everyone will join us for what promises to be a delightful concert."

For more information, call the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.