Choral Arts Society of Washington Performs Bach, Beach, and Poulenc
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Under the baton of Artistic Director Norman Scribner, the 200-voice ensemble is joined by soprano Elizabeth Keusch, mezzo-soprano Linda Maguire, tenor Robert Baker, and bass James Shaffran for this moving afternoon performance.
From the sorrows of death to the glory of paradise, the Stabat Mater brings fully to life the agony of the crucifixion, as well as the profound lament of Mary, the Mother of Christ, at the foot of the cross. Written in 1950 for soprano solo, chorus, and orchestra, the Stabat Mater is the first of Poulenc’s three sacred works for chorus and orchestra. Inspired by the death of his friend, Christian Bérard, it has remained the most prominent of his choral works. “…I’ve put the best and most genuine part of myself into it…” stated Poulenc. The demanding soprano solos call for all of the energy and brilliance of a superb artist, and Worcester, Massachusetts based soprano Elizabeth Keusch promises to deliver. A favorite of the concert and opera stage, Ms. Keusch’s performances have been called “radiant,” “outstanding,” and “splendid” from New York to Los Angeles.
The programs two shorter works both extol the beneficent virtues of our Brother, the Sun. Bach’s Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn und Schild (God, the Lord, is Sun and Shield) BWV 79, will be performed in German by chamber choir and orchestra. Composed in 1725 and written for Reformation Sunday, this cantata is admired for being both energetic and reflective. Performed in English, American composer Amy Beach’s The Canticle of the Sun will feature the chorus, soloists and full orchestra interwoven in a symphonic style. Struck by a thirteenth-century text by St. Francis of Assisi, Beach set the text for The Canticle of the Sun to music in only five days and it premiered to great success in 1928.
A post-concert discussion will feature Maestro Norman Scribner and Betty Buchanan, Conductor and Musicologist, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Ms. Buchanan, a Beach scholar, edited the A-R Editions score for The Canticle of the Sun used in this performance.