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Music with our friends

  • Friday, January 24, 2014

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus along with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robert Taylor will present a concert of “Music with our Friends” Friday Feb. 21 at Second Presbyterian Church. This concert represents a combination of classic choral music in the presentation of Gabriel Faure’s classic Requiem Mass and the world premier of two pieces recently commissioned for the chorus, Dover Beach by Edward Hart and Night Eyes by Yiorgos Vassilandonkais.

The Requiem composed and presented for the first time in 1900, represents the work in which some believe the composer perhaps came closest to his artistic credo: “To my mind, art, and above all music, consists in lifting us as far as possible above what is.” As described by one newspaper critic at the turn of the 20th century, “The Requiem charms. It is a requiem for people of the world who have understood how to live their life just as they know how to die.” It is a classic in symphonic choral literature. Kori Miller, soprano, and Dr. Art Bumgardner, bass, are the featured soloists.

The two new pieces reflect the modern era. Edward Hart is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the College of Charleston. His music, performed in Charleston and around the world has been described by the Sun-Sentinel, South Florida, as “...well crafted, smartly scored and cast in an accessible style that clearly communicates to audiences,” and the Charleston Post and Courier as having “...great sweep and strong appeal.” In Dover Beach he sets Matthew Arnold’s 1867 poem to modern harmonies and rhythms reflecting the poem’s mournful tone and free verse.

Yiorgos Vassilandonkais is an Assistant Professor, Music Theory and Composition, at the College of Charleston. A composer of contemporary art music with a personal and idiomatic voice, Yiorgos draws upon a wide range of influences, ranging from the avant-garde to spectralism and electronics. The 2011 Aaron Copeland award winner, he is driven by a strong dramatic and formal sense. His music is emotionally engaging and cerebral at the same time. In Night Eyes he has set to music a commissioned poem for this chorus by Margaret Ronda about personal relationships and the joy of love.

Tickets and Info

What: CSO Chorus: Music with our Friends

When: Friday Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street, Charleston

Tickets: $20 adults. $10 students. Purchase tickets at www.CSOChorus.com or at the door.

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