Saturday, April 11, 2009

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Features 'expressive Requiem' of José Maurício Nunes Garcia

[Método de Pianoforte (1821); Portrait by José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Jr.; Text Revised: Giulio Edoardo Draghi; Irmaos Vitale CPM 236 (2000)] 

The Afro-Brazilian composer and organist José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830) is profiled at His Requiem will be performed April 25 & 26, 2009 by the San Francisco Lyric Chorus:
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Music Director Robert Gurney conducts the San Francisco Lyric Chorus in an exciting concert of classical choral music from Canada and Brazil. Organist Robert Train Adams accompanies the concert. Our featured work is the expressive Requiem by Afro-Brazilian composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia, 1767-1830. Grandson of slaves, he is known as the Brazilian Mozart. We also present a variety of modern and contemporary choral music from Canada. Healey Willan’s Rise Up, My Love and O Sing Unto The Lord are wonderful anthems by the father of Canadian choral music. University of British Columbia professor Stephen Chatman's Two Rossetti Songs are lyrical settings of poems by Dante and Christina Rossetti. His Gloria is an energetic, rhythmic contrast. Latvian immigrant Imant Raminsh's Ave Verum Corpus is an exquisite work in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Ruth Watson Henderson's Sing All Ye Joyful is a delightful setting of text from Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Srul Irving Glick was one of Canada’s most performed and recorded composers. His What I Have Learned Is This is a movement from his memorial to Leonard Bernstein. The Hour Has Come is the last movement of a six-part work with that title, expressing the beauty of the earth and exclaiming dramatic warning that we must come together in harmony before we and the earth perish.
Concert Program:
José Maurício Nunes Garcia - Requiem
  (Afro-Brazilian, 1767-1830) “The Brazilian Mozart”
Stephen Chatman - Two Rossetti Songs 
Stephen Chatman - Gloria
Healey Willan - O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song
Healey Willan - Rise Up, My Love
Imant Raminsh - Ave Verum Corpus
Ruth Watson Henderson - Sing All Ye Joyful
Srul Irving Glick - What I Have Learned Is This
Srul Irving Glick - The Hour Has Come

Saturday, April 25, 2009, 8 PM; Sunday, April 26, 2009, 5 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church, Bush & Gough Streets, San Francisco

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