ANNOUNCING THE 2017 - 2018 SEASON
The next performance of the season is at Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue and 90th Street, New York City, at 4:00 pm, March 4, 2018, and will feature Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, with soprano soloist Hannah Speirman, and bass soloist Matt Curran, as well as Chopin's Concerto No. 2, with piano soloist Steven Graff. Buy tickets from Smarttix.
Ein Deutsches Requiem; Piano Concerto No. 2 March 4, 2018
By Johannes Brahms; Frederic Chopin
The haunting, seven-movement composition of Johannes Brahms, coupled with the beautiful piano solo written by Chopin when he was only twenty years old. Canterbury Accompanist and pianist extraordinaire Steven Graff will be the soloist.
Come hear Brahms' most exciting composition, performed by Canterbury with full orchestration, including the organ. Inspired by Brahms' relationship with Clara and Robert Schumann, Ein Deutches Requiem is composed using Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible. The texts that Brahms chose lean heavily on the idea of consoling those left behind, rather than judging those who are departed.
Admired greatly by Robert Schumann, Chopin composed Piano Concerto No. 2 when he was only 19 years old. This exciting piece demonstrates everything that audiences love about Chopin's music, his ability to showcase the pianist's skills and perform music that is of indescribable beauty.
Mass in D Major; Choral and Organ Works May 20, 2018
By Antonin Dvořák; Herbert Howells
Our final performance of the season features Dvorak’s Mass in D major, also called The Luzany Mass, which was composed at the behest of Josef Hlavka, a prominent architect and patron of the arts. Hlavka, a friend of Dvorak’s who later founded the Czech Academy of Sciences, had a chapel built at his summer residence, in the town of Luzany in Western Bohemia. He approached Dvorak to compose a new mass for the chapel’s consecration in 1968, and the resulting composition was completed within three months. Featured soloists to be posted soon.