2010-2011 Season

This season Chorus pro Musica presents significant sacred works from three contrasting compositional voices: Dvořák, Rossini, and Stravinsky. The ever-provocative Stravinsky once criticized composers who had “abused” Psalm texts “as pegs for their own lyrico-sentimental feelings,” implying disdain for lyricism and sentimentality. Though Stravinsky often made comments that were more intentionally provocative than sincere (consider “Music is powerless to express anything at all”), his words present a challenge too fun not to take up. So this season we present a collection of contrasts in our subscription concerts. We start with Dvořák’s lyric Mass in D. In March we move to Rossini’s sweetly sentimental Petite Messe Solennelle. Finally we will present Stravinsky’s monumental and profound Symphony of Psalms on a program that will feature a collection of Psalm settings and our 2010 commission. Mixed in you’ll hear music of Janáček, Holst, and the second performance of CpM’s 2009 commission, Kaddish Prayer. Of course we will also present our traditional brass and candlelight holiday concert, this year with the Boston premiere of Stephen Paulus’s We Sing Thy Birth featuring the Triton Brass Quintet. So whether you like your music sentimental, lyric, or challenging, you’ll hear it all with Chorus pro Musica.
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