Spring Concert

Southern Exposure IIFor the final concert of the 2013-14 season, WomenSing takes a diverse choral journey featuring music that meditates on the awe of nature, expresses the human yearning for freedom, and continues the chorus’ exploration of Latin American music.

The graceful lyricism and subtle harmonic shifts of Gabriel Fauré’s Messe Basse (short or low mass) opens the program, along with his exceptionally beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine, written when Fauré was 19 years old. A set of flower songs evokes the beauty of nature, contrasting a setting of e.e. cummings’ poem in time of daffodils by the American composer Kirstina Rasmussen with two songs by Carlos Guastavino, the Argentinean composer dubbed the “Schubert of the Pampas” because of his song-writing skill.

A special concert highlight will be the world premieres of compositions by Chris Castro and Jordan Nelson, the winners of WomenSing’s 2013 Youth Inspiring Youth competition. Come an hour before each concert to hear the composers at a pre-concert talk. The concert closes on a joyful note with the danceable rhythms of the traditional Colombian folk song, Maquerule, and an Argentinean tango!

Sunday, June 1, 4:00 PM
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
49 Knox Drive
Lafayette, CA 94549
 
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Tuesday, June 3, 8:00 PM
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
49 Knox Drive
Lafayette, CA 94549
 
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