This season has come together with Sacred Music and highlights the seasons of the Christian Year. In addition, we are adding to our roster of performance venues Sacred Heart Church in Owatanna.
November is the time for remembering Souls and celebrating Saints. Collaboration seems to be the key word to Season XIII; we will once again collaborate with guest conductor Kathy Romey whose proposal centers around Totentanz of Hugo Distler (1908-1942). First performed in 1934 in Lübeck Germany, this unusual composition for a cappella chorus and speakers was inspired by the well-known St. Mary’s Church Totentanz fresco. Distler was profoundly influenced by the Deutsche Sprüche von Leben und Tod (German Sayings of Life and Death) of Leonhard Lechner (1533-1606).
The structure and text of Distler’s work consists of 14 Choral Epigrams or Aphorisms, sung by a cappella choir. Sung in German, each one is followed first by a short recorder solo and then, a dialogue (spoken in English) between an individual, who delivers a farewell speech to life and sometimes a justification for their existence, and Death, who examines them and makes the judgment as to whether their time has come. We conclude the program with motets of Henrich Schütz (1585-1672), including the stunning Selig sind die Toten SWV 391.
Saturday, November 2, 7:30 pm – Reformation Lutheran Church, Saint Paul
Sunday, November 3, 3:00 pm – Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, MN
January 2020 is the time for our annual Epiphany Concerts and will be another great collaboration with the Twin Cities Chapter of The American Guild of Organists and MPR’s Michael Barone. Vespers for Epiphany include Organ Works of Frescobaldi played on the great Noack Organ Co (Opus: 136) and Motets of composers from de Victoria to Carissimi of the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Rome. Donald Livingston will guest direct the Ensemble.
Saturday, January 4, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 5, 3:00 pm
Saint Mary’s Chapel at the St. Paul Seminary
This season will conclude in April 2020 with an opportunity for yet another collaboration. The early Italian Baroque composer, Bonifazio Graziani (1604/5-1664) has been an important point of reference in the research and performance of forgotten music of this period. His incredible output of Sacred Music and the successful printed publications by his brother Graziano makes it possible to transcribe into modern day notation and bring to the ears in the week it was to be performed.
The four soloists and players of Consortium Carissimi will be joined by the soloists of St. Paul Reformation Lutheran (Saint Paul), St. Luke’s Episcopal (Minneapolis) and Sacred Heart (Owatonna) in performing Responsoria: Music for Holy Week. Note special times for these performances.
Palm Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Owatonna
Monday, April 6, 7:30 pm – Reformation Lutheran Church, Saint Paul
Tuesday April 7, 7:30 pm – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Minneapolis
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