Celebrate the Holidays with Ars Choralis as we reunite with The Riverview Baptist Church for a unique telling of the Christmas story through excerpts from Langston Hughes’s “Black Nativity” and music of long-neglected African American composers. This 26th annual Welcome Yule concert features composer Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King which tells the story of Balthazar, the brown King.
Ars Choralis will present Annelies, a musical setting of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”. Composer James Whitbourn scored the work for soloist, chorus, piano, violin, cello and clarinet from a libretto by Melanie Challenger. Postponed by the pandemic from the spring of 2020, the concert features soprano Lily Arbisser singing the words of Anne Frank.
The final program of the season – Mozart and More! features Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers of the Confessor) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and unknown works by African American composer, Samuel Snaer (1835 – 1900) and Italian Baroque composer Lucretia Vizzana (1590-1662).
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