Celebrate the holidays with Ars Choralis as we explore the mysterious musical expression of Christmas. From the Middle Ages to contemporary composers, we’ll discover the wonders of the season through music as diverse as a twelfth century mystery play, Charpentier’s 18th century Christmas motet, “In nativitatem Domini canticum” and contemporary favorites such as Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria”.
Ars Choralis, The City of Kingston, and the Old Dutch Church are proud to present a New Year’s Eve Program Forward Together. In keeping with an Ars Choralis tradition of offering programs on December 31st that have themes of peace, respect for one another and inclusiveness, this year’s concert is based on Langston Hughes’s poem, “Let America Be America Again”. Through words and song, it showcases the challenges that many people have as they weave themselves into the fabric of American society, enriching it with their culture and helping to move us all forward together. This program is, in part, the finale of the 150th Anniversary of the City of Kingston celebration.
For centuries, African Americans had been denied the basic rights to live free and be educated. Against all odds, a small minority were able to find a path to creative expression. This unique concert tells their stories, in their voices, through music, slave testimonies, letters and autobiographies. It brings two centuries of music of unknown African American composers out of obscurity for all to hear as well as more familiar spirituals, gospel songs and works of Duke Ellington, Margaret Bonds and Joseph H. Jennings.
Ars Choralis presents Brahms’ masterful Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) presented with Brahms’ arrangement for piano four hands. After major performances with orchestra of this work which had already captured the hearts of listeners and critics alike, the composer reverted to his original concept of the piece, written for piano-four hands in 1866, to perform his masterpiece in London in 1871. This version is not a simple reduction of the full score but a fresh, pianistic reworking of the entire piece which creates a new and unique listening experience.
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