2015 - 2016 SEASON
Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, Director of Music
Archdiocese of Hartford
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JORGE ANTONIO PITA, TENOR
CT. VIRTUOSI; MAESTRO ADRIAN SYLVEEN
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
The brilliant tenor voice of Jorge
Antonio Pita, which has been celebrated at the world’s leading opera
houses, will be accompanied by the CT Virtuosi Orchestra conducted by
Adrian Sylveen in a program of favorite Romantic opera arias by
composers including Puccini, Gounod, Giordano, and Massenet. Mr. Pita
will also be joined by Connecticut Lyric Opera soprano Jurate Svedaite.
In the second half of the program,
maestro Adrian Sylveen and the Virtuosi will explore the symphonic work
of yet another great Romantic composer – Johannes Brahms – in a performance of his
Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68.
Friday, March 25, 2016, 7:00 pm
On the evening of Good Friday last year, the Cathedral reintroduced its observance of the celebration of Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”). Tenebrae is religious service celebrated during Holy Week on the evening before or early morning of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Tenebrae is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted, sung, or recited.
SOUNDS OF SANCTUARY: MOZART AND JENKINS
MOZART PIANO CONCERTO No. 17 IN G MAJOR, K. 453
YONJOON YOON, PIANO; CT VIRTUOSI;
MAESTRO ADRIAN SYLVEEN
JENKINS ADIEMUS: SONGS OF SANCTUARY
ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH CHOIR; CHORUS ANGELICUS;
CT CHILDREN’S CHORUS
MEREDITH NEUMANN & GABRIEL LŐFVALL, CONDUCTORS
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:00 pm
In the aptly-named “Sounds of Sanctuary”, the CT Virtuosi return to Sacred Sounds with pianist Yonjoon Yoon in a performance of Mozart's’ Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453 under the direction of Maestro Adrian Sylveen. In addition to the Mozart, three of Connecticut’s premier children’s choirs (the Archdiocesan Youth Choir, Chorus Angelicus, and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus) will present Karl Jenkin’s unique “Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary”. Wikipedia describes Jenkin’s work thusly: “Each Adiemus album is a collection of song-length pieces featuring harmonised vocal melody against an orchestra background. There are no lyrics as such, instead the vocalists sing syllables and 'words' invented by Jenkins. However, rather than creating musical interest from patterns of phonemes (as in scat singing, or in numerous classical and crossover compositions), the language of Adiemus is carefully stylised so as not to distract the listener's attention from the pitch and timbre of the voice”.
All events are at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT, 06105. There is no admission charge for concerts at the Cathedral, but a free-will offering will be accepted.