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Serenity: Choral Music to Calm, Comfort and Inspire.
November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Spartanburg Master Chorale, Converse University’s choral union of upperclassmen, graduate students, and Spartanburg community members, will present its fall concert on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30 pm in Daniel Recital Hall. The concert features some of the brightest luminaries in the field of choral composition today.
The concert will begin with Morten Lauridsen’s Sure On This Shining Night , apt lyrics to describe the evening’s program and its composers, all of whom were born in 1970 or later, with the exception of Mr. Lauridsen (b.1943). Several of the pieces on the program were born in times of personal tragedy, and the lyrics and the music do much to comfort, console, and inspire: Jocelyn Hagen’s, Only Gratitude Remains ; Dan Forrest’s, Alway Something Sings ; and Jake Runestad’s, Let My Love Be Heard . Other pieces on the program find their inspiration from nature: Eriks Esenvalds’ Northern Lights ; and Elaine Hagenberg’s The Blue Ridge . Near the end of the concert, and anticipating the end of the day, the chorus will perform Eric Whitacre’s justly famous a cappella choral masterwork, Sleep . The hour-length concert will conclude with a choral blessing for the audience: words of St. Augustine set to music by Ola Gjeilo. Great choral music depends on inspired lyrics, and that we will have in abundance. Poets represented on the program include: James Agee, Jeff Ochs, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Frances Hall, Fridtjof Nansen, Harriett Monroe, Alfred Noyes,and Charles Anthony Silvestri.
The concert is free and open to the public. Please join us!