Toward Eternity:
Spring Choral Concert

A Spring choral concert presented by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra

 

Toward Eternity

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Performance Dates:

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:00 p.m. at Assumption University Chapel

Pre-Concert Talk featuring both composers at 7:30!

Conductor / Performers

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Joel Tranquilla,*
Conductor

Melanie Paul Tanovich,*
Soprano

Bob Steele,*
Narrator

Allan Bevan,*
Organ

Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus

 

*Canadian

Quenten Doolittle*
Elegy, with poetry by Emily Dickinson

Allan Bevan*
Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode

Allan Bevan*
To Morning

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus, under the direction of Chorus Master, Dr. Joel Tranquilla performs a concert featuring large-scale works by two Canadian composers, Quenten Doolittle and Allan Bevan. Elegy is a song cycle for soprano soloist, choir, and chamber orchestra by Alberta composer Quenten Doolittle. It is divided into eleven movements, alternating between the chorus and the soprano soloist. The poetry by Emily Dickinson explores themes of life, death, and the afterlife. Elegy is dedicated to the composer's daughter, a victim of ALS, and it was premiered February 27, 2009 in Calgary by the Spiritus Chamber Choir, Timothy Shantz (a former WSO Chorus Master) conducting.

Dr. Allan Bevan (BMus, University of Windsor, 1982) is one of this country’s most celebrated composers of choral music, having been awarded several national and international composition prizes. After spending sixteen years in Alberta, Allan has recently relocated to Ontario, where he serves as Director of Music at Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Written in 2005 Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode is a setting of the Passion story and the crucifixion of Christ. The texts are in Middle English and Latin with narration in modern English. The soprano soloist portrays Mary, the mother of Jesus, and much of the story is told from her perspective. This work began as Bevan's doctoral thesis composition at the University of Calgary. It was greatly revised and premiered by Pro Coro Canada and the Pro Coro Chamber Orchestra, Richard Sparks conducting. This is the first time the work bas been performed in the Windsor area. The program will also feature a work for string orchestra by Bevan, To Morning, which he dedicated to his composition teacher at the University of Windsor, Dr. Paul McIntyre.

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