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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2013 Concerts: Music of Eastern and Central Europe

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  • Helene Whitson
    The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney, presents: Music of Eastern and Central Europe PROGRAM: Antonín Dvorák:
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2013
      San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2013 Concerts:  Music of Eastern and Central Europe The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney, presents:
      Music of Eastern and Central Europe

      Antonín Dvorák:  Six Moravian Choruses, arranged by Leos Janácek
      Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Bogoroditse Devo
      Dmitri Bortnyansky:  Cherubic Hymn, No. 7
      Alexander Gretchaninoff:  Our Father
      Alexander Gretchaninoff:  Nunc Dimittis
      Nicolai Kedrov:  Otche Nash
      Modest Mussorgsky (attributed):  Angel Vopiyashe (The Angel Cried Out)
      Sid Robinovitch:  Prayer Before Sleep from the Talmud Suite
      Franz Schubert:  Mass No. 2 in G

      Jerome Lenk, piano
      Saturday, April 27, 2013
      First Unitarian Universalist Church
      1187 Franklin Street at Geary
      San Francisco
      Sunday, April 28, 2013
      5:00 pm
      St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
      1111 O’Farrell Street, near Franklin
      San Francisco
      General $20; in advance & for seniors, $18  
      Free admission for students 5-18 with ID.
      Please, no children under five.
      For ticket purchase and further information, visit our website: www.sflc.org
      Contact:  (415) 721-4077; info@...
      For our Spring 2013 trimester, Music of Eastern and Central Europe, join us as we present a wonderful variety of romantic and expressive music from 19th century Bohemia, the Russian Orthodox liturgy, Austria, and contemporary Canada.
      Between 1875 and 1877, Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) composed his Moravian Choruses for two voices and piano, a number of love songs in the manner of Bohemian folk songs,.  His friend, Leos Janácek, (1854-1928), later arranged six of these songs for four voices and piano.  
      Sergei Rachmaninoff’s (1873-1943) Bogoroditse Devo is one of the sections of his 1915 All-Night Vigil.  This tender prayer strays from specific chant melodies into a freely composed style in which each voice follows its own individual line.
      Ukrainian composer Dmitri Bortnyansky (1751-1825) demonstrated his vocal and compositional gifts as a child.  A contemporary of Mozart, he studied with Italian composer Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785).  His famous Cherubic Hymn, No. 7 is considered one of the most sublime Orthodox liturgical compositions.
      Russian composer Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956) studied with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Taneyev, and Anton Arensky. His Our Father and Nunc Dimittis express the rich gloriousness of Russian liturgical music.
      Russian composer Nicolai Kedrov, Sr.’s (1871-1940) beautiful and reverent Otche Nash is one of the most familiar Russian liturgical selections and is sung often at Russian weddings.
      Probably most famous for his opera Boris Godunov and his piano composition, Pictures at an Exhibition, Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) composed little, if any, sacred music. Angel Vopiyashe (The Angel Cried Out) is attributed to him.  This dramatic composition sounds as if it fits right into the marvelous Coronation Scene from Boris.
      Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch’s (1942- ) ethereal Prayer Before Sleep is the final composition in his dynamic six-part Talmud Suite, and very much in the spirit of Eastern European Jewish music.
      Franz Schubert's (1797-1828) Mass in G is pure, lyrical Schubert, tender and sweet in some places, stirring and majestic in others! The most familiar and popular of his masses, it was finished in six days during March 1815.


      Helene Whitson
      President, San Francisco Lyric Chorus
      Co-Author, San Francisco Bay Area Chorus Directory
      Founder, San Francisco Bay Area Choral Archive
      1824 Arch Street
      Berkeley, California  94709

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