The Rose Ensemble Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi Through Music
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Thrill to the stirring sounds of Vaughan Williams' cantata Dona Nobis Pacem at majestic Carnegie Hall. Written between the World Wars in 1936, the British composer's melodic plea for peace not only draws from the traditional mass, but also from a trio of powerful poems by Walt Whitman. Accompanied by the New York City Chamber Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Chorus sings this stunning work, with solos by soprano Inna Dukach and baritone Markus Beam, under the baton of guest conductor James Rodde. The National Festival Chorus also takes the stage for favorites like How Can I Keep from Singing, Dickau's If Music Be the Food of Love and the spiritual My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord. Learn More
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Reawakening the ancient through imaginative performances of vocal music and with historical instruments, the internationally acclaimed Rose Ensemble connects individuals to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity, and honors the musical legacy that has shaped the lives of real people throughout the ages and across cultures.
During his lifetime, Francis pursued a life of simplicity and became known as il poverello, “the poor one.” The patron saint of animals and ecology, he is arguably one of the best known medieval saints. But beyond garden statues and the Prayer of St. Francis (which, by the way, he didn’t write), how much do we really know? This joyful program features centuries of hymns, dances and motets in honor of the “hippie saint,” as well as early Italian spiritual songs and light-hearted readings by and about Francis himself. Includes the full force of 12 voices plus harp, riqq, dumbek, hurdy gurdy, psaltery and recorder. This program features special guest artist Isacco Colombo, joining us all the way from Italy to lend his sensational skills on medieval Italian bagpipes, shawm, fife and tabor.