Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m., Church of the Redeemer
5603 N. Charles St. at Melrose Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210
(Baltimore, MD) On February 24, 2013, Handel Choir of Baltimore presents Transcendence and Transformation, the Choir’s second subscription concert in the 2012-2013 season. Stirring arrangements of folk songs from British Isles and mystical modern works by Arvo Pärt and John Tavener provide elegant context for the première of Donald McCullough’s sumptuous canticle of love, Song of the Shulamite, a Handel Choir joint commission composed on Song of Solomon texts.
With guest performers: Diba Alvi soprano, Daniel Moody countertenor, John Kilkenny marimba and vibraphone, Marian Rian Hays harp. Also featured: Peter Drackley tenor, Jason Epps bass, Thomas Hetrick organ, Anthony Rivera conductor.
TICKETS: $35 premium, $25 standard, $10 student 410.366.6544 or handelchoir.org
Richard Giarusso, musicologist, conductor and singer, offers a lecture one hour before the concert. Tickets are available online at www.handelchoir.org or by calling Handel Choir at 410.366.6544.
The concert opens with folk songs arranged by Holst, Grainger, Ayres and Baltimore’s own Stephen Caracciolo (professor of voice and conducting at UMBC-Baltimore County), among others, followed by works ranging from Vaughan Williams and Berlioz. Tavener’s Magnificat and Song of Athene and Pärt’s My Heart’s in the Highlands, featuring countertenor Daniel Moody and organist Thomas Hetrick, offer evocative ancient melodies and harmonies in appealing modern settings. The concert culminates after intermission with McCullough’s 25-minute Song of the Shulamite, featuring guest soloists Diba Alvi, soprano; John Kilkenny, marimba and vibraphone; and Marian Rian Hays, harp.
“In my last year as conductor of Handel Choir, I wanted to perform music that I have long had an affinity for – in particular, folk music (I’m an “old folkie” from my youth), relatively new music that has a spine-tingling zing to it – music of Pärt and Tavener, and something absolutely brand new on text from the Old Testament,” said Melinda O’Neal, Artistic Director and Conductor. “I am thrilled Handel Choir will be presenting such a tantalizing and powerful variety of music, especially Song of the Shulamite, which we co-commissioned.”