Sacred Masterpieces at Park Avenue Armory
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Park Avenue Armory (Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets)
Vox Vocal Ensemble; Gotham City Orchestra; George Steel, conductor
Symphony of Psalms (1930)
Requiem Canticles (1965-66)
Variations (Aldous Huxley in memoriam) (1963-64)
THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURED IN A PREVIOUS SEASON!
NOTICE: Due to transportation arrangements for Pope Benedict XVI there will be street closures which could impact travel to this concert. Park Avenue and all cross streets from 61st to 73rd Streets will be closed from approximately 5:45PM until 6:45PM. Please note that these times are estimates only, and that a delay in the Pope's schedule could result in an extended window of street closures. Please prepare accordingly.
Presented in association with Park Avenue Armory
A devout member of the Orthodox Church, Stravinsky wrote religious music that exudes a commanding spirituality. In the extraordinary vastness of Park Avenue Armory, the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Gotham City Orchestra, under the direction of George Steel, will offer four brilliant masterpieces. The program juxtaposes Stravinsky’s early sacred tour-de-force Symphony of Psalms with the astringent beauty of his final major work, Requiem Canticles.
A five-concert festival produced by Miller Theatre at Columbia University in association with Park Avenue Armory and the Morgan Library and Museum with the generous underwriting of The Reed Foundation.
No other composer in the twentieth century wrote in such a multiplicity of styles as Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). From neo-classicism to serialism, ballet to chamber works, Stravinsky’s musical genius was wide-ranging. Miller Theatre at Columbia University explores this epic composer’s astonishing variety in this Festival featuring over 45 works drawn from his chamber music, songs, choral compositions, and orchestral music.
Read the Stravinsky Festival program notes by Paul Griffiths.
Boosey & Hawkes; Alex Coulter
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