January 20th, 2006 8:00pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
Cantata Singers performs Stravinsky's radiant wedding cantata "Les noces" with works of Poulenc and Boulez
WHO:The Cantata Singers & Ensemble
David Hoose, Music Director
Francis Poulenc: Un soir de neige
Pierre Boulez: Sur incises
Igor Stravinsky: Les noces (“The Wedding”)
Susan Narucki, soprano
Gloria Raymond, mezzo-soprano
Rockland Osgood, tenor
Anton Belov, bass
Friday, January 20, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
MBTA Orange Line Massachusetts Ave. stop or Green Line Symphony Hall stop.
Hall is wheelchair accessible and has assistive listening devices.
PRE-CONCERT TALK:Speaker: Mark DeVoto, composer, writer, musicologist and Professor of Music Emeritus, Tufts University.
Friday at 7:00 p.m. in NEC's Keller Room. Seating is limited and not reserved; early arrival is recommended.
TICKETS & INFORMATION:
Tickets: $48, $30, & $20; $5 discount for WGBH members
$15 for students and seniors (section C tickets only)
Visit www.cantatasingers.org or call 617-868-5885.
Tickets also available through the Jordan Hall Box Office
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston (617-585-1260) and
BosTix booths at Faneuil Hall and Copley Square.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Hold on to your invitation! Stravinsky’s raucous, radiant wedding cantata teeters on the edge of jazz and swings between the pull of tradition and the brazen seduction of the avant-garde. Les noces embraces the cherished customs and complexities of this age-old ritual that is at once emotional and intellectual, silly and profound. The surreal also weaves through Poulenc’s Un soir de neige, his piercingly beautiful a cappella setting of four wintry poems by Paul Eluard. The sonically shattering Sur incises by the ever stunning Pierre Boulez takes its three pianos, three harps, and three keyboard percussion and sets them spinning, leaving them ringing wildly in the ear and imagination.
Read about the soloists at http://www.cantatasingers.org/concerts05-06.html, and download photos of Music Director David Hoose and soloists at http://www.cantatasingers.org/media.html.
ABOUT THE CANTATA SINGERS:
Noted for compelling programming, exceptional artistry, and eloquent performances, the Cantata Singers offers Boston-area audiences a range of musical events, widely recognized as engaging, nuanced and penetrating. With a repertoire that includes works from the seventeenth century to the present day, the Cantata Singers’ commitment and dedication to challenging programming, including the commissioning of new works, was acknowledged in 1995 when the group was awarded the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.
Founded in 1964 to prepare and present what was then a long-neglected repertoire — the cantatas of J.S. Bach — the Cantata Singers has since been led by such distinguished music directors as John Harbison, John Ferris, and David Hoose. Under Mr. Hoose’s direction the group has commissioned and premiered seven major choral-orchestral works: James Primosch’s Matins (co-commissioned with oboist Peggy Pearson); T.J. Anderson’s Slavery Documents 2; Andy Vores’s World Wheel; Andrew Imbrie’s Adam; Donald Sur’s Slavery Documents; Peter Child’s Estrella; and John Harbison’s The Flight Into Egypt, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The group has recorded works of Bach, Schütz, Schein, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, as well as the American composers Irving Fine, David Chaitkin, Seymour Shifrin, John Harbison, Peter Child, and Charles Fussell. The Cantata Singers’ recordings and performances can be heard regularly on local and national radio, most often on WGBH-FM (Boston) and on the program First Art throughout the United States.
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