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Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788
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March 4, 2004

MEADOWS CHORALE PRESENTS "FROM REFLECTION TO REJOICING," MAR.25

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Chorale will present its spring concert, titled "From Reflection to Rejoicing," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 25 in Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. The concert will feature inspirational works by J.S. Bach, Heinrich Schütz, Benjamin Britten and C. Hubert H. Parry. Dr. Alfred Calabrese, director of choral activities at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, will conduct. Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required. For more information, please call the Meadows School Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

The concert opens with works from Schütz and Bach, two of the greatest German composers of the baroque era. Schütz' sensuous and moving motet for five voices, "Die mit traenen Saen" (They who go with tears), written in 1648, will be followed by Bach's Cantata #4, "Christ lag in Todesbanden" (Christ lay in death's chains). Composed in 1708, Cantata #4 is one of Bach's most beloved efforts in this genre. The piece contains seven movements, each one a complete verse of the hymn by Martin Luther, and was originally composed for Easter Sunday. For this work, members of the Meadows Symphony will join the Meadows Chorale.

Following the Bach will be another work by Schütz, from the Psalmen Davids of 1619. "Ich hebe meine Augen auf" (I lift my eyes to the hills) is a complete setting of Psalm 121 and calls for double choir and a quartet of solo voices. The singers will be placed in various locations in Perkins Chapel, creating the stunning antiphonal sound required of the music. The uplifting message of this motet creates the perfect transition to the final two works on the program: Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb," composed in 1943 and set to texts by the brilliant but tortured 18th century poet Christopher Smart, and C. Hubert H. Parry's "I was glad," one of the great festive anthems from Anglican England, composed in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII.

The Meadows Chorale features the most advanced vocal and musical talent in the Meadows School, and has performed by invitation at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Austria.

Dr. Alfred Calabrese, associate professor of music at the Meadows School, has studied with Jan Harrington, Robert Porco and Robert Shaw and has prepared choirs for Sir David Willcocks, John Nelson, Yoel Levi, David Stahl and Robert Porco. Prior to coming to SMU, he was an associate professor of music at Brevard College in North Carolina. He is a past chorus master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and former director of choral activities and head of the graduate program in choral conducting at Emory University. From 1989 to 1992 Dr. Calabrese was the assistant to Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His dissertation on the early choral works of Benjamin Britten is in the permanent collection of the Britten-Pears Library in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. He is a past recipient of a Ball Foundation Research Grant and is currently a contributing author in an upcoming volume of articles and essays honoring Thomas Dunn. Recordings include "Magnifical and Mighty: Choral Music of the Twentieth Century" and "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day: Christmas at Emory University."

 


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