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A Choral Concert

posted Apr 25, 2015, 9:43 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 9:43 AM ]
This Friday, May 1st, I’ll be singing with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as we present Music Transcending Time, an evening of music written and arranged for chorus and organ!

The program includes Johanes Brahm’s O Schöne Nacht; Benjamin Britten's Jubilate Deo in C and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu bleibet meine freude, which is commonly translated as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Nation Shall Not Lift Up Sword Against Nation comes from "Dona Nobis Pacem" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This work reminds us that war inevitably brings misery and loss; however, (with text taken from the Old Testament,) it dreams of a world where "neither shall there be war any more."

George Frederic Handel's Zadok The Priest was originally composed for the coronation of King George II in 1727. It's been sung at every British coronation since! (The text has been used since King Edgar's coronation in 973!) Another coronation anthem we’ll sing is Sir Hubert Parry’s I was Glad, which was performed at both Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton and at the wedding of his parents, Charles and Diana, in 1981.

We’re performing a World Premier arrangement of Amazing Grace written just for us, inspired by the history of its original author, John Newton, a slave-ship-captain-turned-advocate for the abolition of slavery in England.

For more information, or to order tickets, call (212) 333-5333 or visit NationalChorale.org.