November 2, 2015
Musica Sacra Cantorum Communications
MUSICA SACRA CANTORUM OPENS 2015-2016 SEASON
‘MUSIC OF THE STAGE’
Music of the Opera and Broadway Stage
Musica Sacra opens its 2015 season – Music of the Stage – with an excursion into the theatrical world of opera and Broadway. Sacred spaces and edifices are not the exclusive domain of sacred music. In fact, the theatrical stage has played host to innumerable productions throughout history of stories or plots centered on the sacred. Other stories centered on the profane contain elements of the sacred within them. Many of these stories have served as the basis for the greatest operas and musicals of all time. So, with that in mind, Musica Sacra moves forward yet again, delving into a season full of sacred stage music. Dr. Robert Parrish, Musica Sacra’s Artistic Director, former head of the opera program at The College of New Jersey, and staff musician at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Trenton, NJ gets to fuse together his two great musical passions this season by exploring sacred music and the theatrical stage.
The Musica Sacra Cantorum Chorus – an ensemble which weaves together the best professional voices in the area with highly skilled volunteers into one stunning ensemble – will explore the realm of Music of the Opera and Broadway Stage in a cabaret style performance which will includes choral and solo works from the masters. Included are ‘Va Pensiero’ from Verdi’s Nabucco, ‘The Bell Chorus’ from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, ‘The Bridal Chorus’ from Wagner’s Lohengrin, ‘Evening Prayer’ from Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, ‘Pie Jesu’ from Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ from Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, ‘Bring Him Home’ from Schonberg and Boublil’s Les Miserables’ and ‘Make Our Garden Grow’ from Bernstein’s Candide.
To complete the ‘surround sound’ experience, the event will be presented in the round, with patrons seated at tables in the casual elegance of Gillespie Hall on the campus of the Church of the Redeemer in downtown Sarasota. Refreshments will be available to those who wish to enhance their cabaret experience.
Dr. Robert Parrish, Conductor
Virginia Bray, Accompanist
The Musica Sacra Chorus
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 5.15 PM
Gillespie Hall, Church of the Redeemer
222 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Available online at: www.MusicaSacraCantorum.org or by telephone at 941.405.7322
ABOUT MUSICA SACRA CANTORUM
MUSICA SACRA CANTORUM, is an organization consisting of two choral ensembles of qualified and dedicated musicians. A professional, remunerated ensemble Voices is home to some of the region’s premier choral and vocal artists. Chorus is comprised of the highly skilled, dedicated, and talented volunteers combined with the professional core to create an ensemble of outstanding musicianship.
Members are selected by audition and committed to rigorous musicianship in pursuit of our goal: Performance and promotion of sacred choral music to the widest possible audience in and around the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
MSC presents yearly series of concerts as well as informational events such as seminars, lectures and other presentations designed to inform audiences and share with them the ensemble’s commitment to joyful exploration of all kinds of sacred choral music from many sources, historic eras and nationalities.
Musica Sacra Cantorum
Dr. Robert Parrish, Artistic Director