Boston — Chorus pro Musica, under the direction of Jamie Kirsch, will commence its 69th season on November 5 with the world premiere of CpM-commissioned “In Childhood’s Thicket” from Boston-based composer Andy Vores. Presented in partnership with Tufts University’s Music Department, the work includes texts from 26 nursery rhymes, highlighted by poems by local poet Frederick Choi. The chorus will be joined by Lynn Eustis, soprano, and Jacob Cooper, baritone. This exciting and imaginative new work also features looping pedals, electronics, and pre-recorded sound samples.
The concert will also include, Johannes Brahms’ Op. 112, No. 3 and No. 4, Ysaye Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories,” Saunder Choi’s “Leron, Leron, Sinta” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen” from the beloved musical, “Into the Woods.” The concert examines how the questions, answers and memories we collect in our youth affect our perceptions and how we interact with the world as we leave childhood behind.
This free public performance will take place at 3 p.m. at Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center, one of the finest 300-seat venues in the region.
On October 16 at 6:30 p.m., just weeks before its world premiere by Chorus pro Musica, award-winning composer Andy Vores will preside over a special behind-the-scenes sneak peek of his newest work, “In Childhood’s Thicket,” a CpM commission. Andy will discuss the inspiration for the piece, the challenges and rewards of being commissioned for such a composition, and the journey to opening night. The talk will be followed by an open rehearsal featuring the chorus performing movements from the piece. The concert is free and open to the public.
Chorus pro Musica’s season will also include their annual Candlelight Christmas at Old South Church on December 15 at 8 p.m.; “Together,” featuring J.S. Bach’s beloved Cantata 140 “Wachet auf,” Bernstein’s masterpiece “Chichester Psalms,” featuring Reginald L. Mobley, countertenor, and music of Judith Bingham, Arvo Pärt, and more on March 10 at First Baptist Church in Newton at 8 p.m.; and Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius,” an oratorio for mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, full choir and orchestra, with the Boston Philharmonic on April 20, 8 p.m. at Boston Symphony Hall. Tickets and information can be found at www.ChorusProMusica.org
Chorus pro Musica’s 2017-18 Season
Vores: “In Childhood’s Thicket”
November 5, 2017 │ Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center, 3 p.m.
Part of Tufts Sunday Concert Series
Vores: “In Childhood’s Thicket” – world premiere, CpM commission
Lynn Eustis, soprano; Jacob Cooper, baritone
Brahms: Op. 112, No. 3 and No. 4
Barnwell: “Wanting Memories”
Choi: “Leron, Leron, Sinta,”
Sondheim: “Children Will Listen”
Candlelight Christmas at Old South Church
December 15, 2017 │ Old South Church, 8 p.m.
Featuring beloved holiday classics, new music, and sing-alongs by candlelight
March 10, 2018│First Baptist Church, Newton, 8 p.m.
Bingham: The Darkness is no Darkness
Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace
Pärt: L’Abbé Agathon
Bach: Cantata “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” BWV 140
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms featuring Reginald L. Mobley, countertenor
Elgar: “The Dream of Gerontius” with the Boston Philharmonic
April 20, 2018│Symphony Hall, 8 p.m.
Music set to a mystical poem by the Catholic theologian and Cardinal John Henry Newman about death and final judgment
About Chorus pro Musica
The chorus was founded in 1949 by the late Alfred Nash Patterson, one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England, and quickly built a superb reputation for its professional-level musical standards and innovative programming. Over the years, these strengths have led to collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Craig Smith and Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Academy of Music, as well as various opera companies, including Boston Concert Opera, the Opera Company of Boston, and Commonwealth Opera.
The chorus has received two Grammy nominations for recordings made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the RCA label. With the Boston Symphony, the chorus performed in several world premieres, including Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Britten’s “War Requiem.” Reflecting its continued commitment to new and rarely heard music, CpM has recently commissioned works from composers such as Andy Vores, James Kallembach, Stephen Feigenbaum, Peter Child, Abbie Betinis and Andrew Rindfleisch, and has presented numerous regional premieres, including that of Roger Ames’s “Requiem for Our Time” (subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize) and Guiseppe Verdi’s opera “Attila.” For more information about CpM, visit ChorusProMusica.org.