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If We Must Marvel

posted Jan 20, 2018, 12:12 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 12:12 PM ]
The Park Slope Singers kick off their 25
th anniversary season with a selection of works reflecting beginnings, creation, evolution, and the nature of human achievement in an afternoon of music entitled “If We Must Marvel.” The concert ranges from Franco-Flemish and Iberian Renaissance polyphony by Manuel Cardoso, Josquin des Pres and Jacob Clemens non Papa to contemporary works:

British composer Bob Chilcott’s “Five Days that Changed the World” and Grammy-winning American composer Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” both reflect on human achievements. Exploring these themes via a different approach is Gregory W. Brown’s Missa Charles Darwin. This piece juxtaposes Darwin’s The Origin of Species with the Latin of the Catholic Mass ordinary. The “Agnus Dei” provides the Park Slope Singers with their concert title:
“If we must marvel, 
let it be at our presumption that we understand the many complex contingencies on which existence depends.” 

Steven Sametz’ “I Have Had Singing” examines the balance of life–how sometimes a difficult and strenuous road can be made enjoyable and memorable simply by the pleasures of singing. (Have you tried it?)

Performances are Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 PM at St. Saviour Church, and again on Sunday, January 28th at 3:00 PM at Church of the Good Shepherd. Admission is $15.00 ($10.00 for students / seniors). There will be a reception after each of the concerts. Please join them for snacks, drinks, and conversation. More information about this concert, ticket sales, and the chorus is available at www.parkslopesingers.org.