CONCORA's Summer Festival
July 19 to July 25, 2015
Public Concert Saturday, July 25 4:00 PM
Joseph D'Eugenio, guest conductor
Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street
CONCORA is thrilled to announce our Summer Festival 2015, which will bring renowned choral conductor Joseph D’Eugenio to the Summer Festival podium for the first time. His program is constructed of four “sets” of pieces. Highlights include Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in five movements, A Red, Red Rose by James Mulholland, and Come, Let Us Sound with Melody by Connecticut composer Peter Niedmann.
The Festival will be held from July 19-25 in the beautiful, air-conditioned, centrally-located Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Connecticut. Singers are invited to apply to participate in the festival, a special musical opportunity that allows all to embrace the choral art in intense rehearsal, study, and performance, all laced with laughter, camaraderie, sociability, and good food.
Joseph D’Eugenio has instructed choral groups at various schools and colleges, including Wesleyan University. He has also celebrated over 16 years as the Greater Middletown Chorale’s Artistic Director, and is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Cheshire, Connecticut.
This summer’s repertoire includes two significant works from one of the most popular composers in choral music today, Morten Lauridsen. Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, a five-movement choral work, uses texts drawn from sacred Latin sources, each containing references to Light (Eternal). The traditional texts and cathedral-style writing blend with more modern day harmonies, giving Lauridsen’s music a unique freshness and accessibility. Lauridsen’s setting of James Agee’s poem, Sure On This Shining Night, is equally as beautiful and evocative. Agee’s poem reminds us that “All is healed. All is health.”
Other works include James Mulholland’s gorgeous setting of Robert Burns’ poem, A Red, Red Rose, celebrating a love that is “newly sprung in June.” The concert opener is Come, Let Us Sound with Melody by Connecticut composer Peter Niedmann. The program closes with two poignant spirituals: Moses Hogan’s Hear My Prayer and Brazeal Dennard’s rousing arrangement of Fare Ye Well!