Next, The Kansas City Chorale will join Jan in Helzberg’s choir loft for Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, which features an ecstatic yet often tender text of praise by misunderstood 18th-century poet Christopher Smart. The poem was written sometime between 1759 and 1763 when Smart was locked in an insane asylum in London. Luckily, he had his cat, Jeoffry, to keep him company. Listen for Jeoffry’s appearance in the second section in the form of a lovely soprano solo. Cat lovers, rejoice!
Still in the loft, The Chorale will perform Arvo Pärt’s "The Beatitudes," a prime example of sacred minimalism. Composed in 1990, it starts subtly enough, but it builds to a beautiful flourish for solo organ that is unforgettable.
The program concludes with The Chorale on the stage of Helzberg Hall and Dr. Kraybill on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Frères 102-rank organ in the choir loft for Maurice Duruflé’s masterful Requiem op. 9. Choir and soloists complement the organ in a nine-movement setting of a modified version of the Missa pro defunctis, or, Mass for the dead. Duruflé dedicated the work to the memory of his father, and it prominently features themes from Gregorian chant.
We look forward to sharing these works with you on Friday, May 24, 2013, at 8:00 pm. Call 816-235-6222 for tickets, or order your tickets online.