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LATE SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN
Sunday, September 13th, 2020, 4pm
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a concert in the Chinese garden at Naumkeg, the Trustees property in Stockbridge MA on Sunday, September 13 at 4:00pm. The program will include our best music from the past few seasons, including music by Bach, Chesnokov, Victoria, Barber, Copland, Erb and spiritual selections from out Martin Luther King concert series.
CHARPENTIER, BACH & SANDER
To be rescheduled
Join us for the Te Deum and the rarely heard Le Reniement de St. Pierre (Peter's Denial of Christ) by Marc Antoine Charpentier. Also on the program is the beloved Cantata 4- Christ Lag in Todesbanden by Bach, and selections from the 2020 Grammy-nominated Liturgy of St. John Chrysosdom by American composer Kurt Sander.
ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING CONCERT
ELIJAH CUMMINGS TRIBUTE
Sunday, January 19th, 2020 3:00pm
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present its annual Martin Luther King weekend concert. We are pleased to announce the return of the Baltimore Urban Choral Arts Society. Dr. King will be remembered in a combined choir performance of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass and the choral music of composer Adolphus Hailstork. Members of the Baltimore Choir, several of whom were very well acquainted with the life and work of Rep. Cummings, will give a special tribute through personal testimonies.
The winner of the Berkshire Eagle’s Martin Luther King essay contest will be present to read the winning entry!
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Arts Council.
CHRISTMAS AT TRINITY
Sunday, DECEMBER 8, 2019, 3:00pm
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Christmas at Trinityat Trinity Church on Sunday, December 8, at 3p.m. The concert will include the beloved Vivaldi Gloriawith instrumental ensemble, “Winter” from Vaughan Williams’ Folksongs of the Four Seasonsand new carols by Dan Forrest. Guests include the Hudson Valley Choral Society, Gretchen Reuckheim director.
Something for everyone! Hear the famous Gloria with Cantilena soloists, and new carol settings by the hugely popular composer Dan Forrest. Mostly known to the choral world for his Requiem, his shorter extraordinary carol settings will be presented along with a brand new work called The Sun Never Says.
MUSIC IN THE BARN
In celebration of Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Sanctuary 90th Anniversary- two performances
Saturday & Sunday October 19 and 20, 2019, 3:00pm
Cantilena Chamber Choir, the Berkshires leading vocal ensemble, will present a concert in the barn of nature inspired music from Renaissance to modern, featuring music by Gregory Brown and James Kallembach on texts by John James Audubon. Listen to birds, frogs, crickets and more outside and inside! Limited seating, $35 general admission, $25 for Audubon members. Tickets available at www.cantilenachoir.org. To learn more about go to: massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30pm
SPA Little theater, Saratoga SPA State Park
Featuring live music for chorus & orchestra from the original 1928 score by Victor Alex and Leo Pouget. Performed with the Saratoga Choral Festival and members of the Albany Symphony. Special guests include Peter Krasinski, organ.
A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score. The Passion of Joan of Arc (French: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan. It is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema. Dreyer's direction and Falconetti's performance is one of the finest in cinema history. The film summarizes the time that Joan of Arc was a captive of England depicting her trial and execution.
The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available. In 1981, an employee of the Dikemark Hospital mental institution in Oslo found several film canisters in a janitor's closet that were labeled as being The Passion of Joan of Arc. The canisters were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute where they were first stored for three years until finally being examined. It was then discovered that they were Dreyer's original cut prior to government or church censorship.
In the 1920s film music was normally played live in the theatre. Only the reduced full score, string and vocal parts have survived, found in the U.S. Library of Congress. For this performance, the wind parts have been recreated and added. In 1994, composer Richard Einhorn wrote an oratorio based on the film entitled “Voices of Light", but this original 1928 score has rarely been performed.
See highlights of past performances