The spring concert will bring to life sacred masterpieces from Europe and America spanning five centuries. The a cappella program will include works of composers ranging from the late-Renaissance and early-Baroque Dutch composer J.P. Sweelinck to contemporary Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo.
Beautiful sacred works from the romantic era by Liszt, Brahms and Schubert will be sung, featuring Liszt’s stunning Missa Choralis (Choral Mass). Twentieth-century compositions will include Samuel Barber’s setting of the Agnus Dei, a choral transcription of his immortal Adagio for Strings, and works by Hugo Adler and Robert Starer.
Two of Chicago Master Singers’ favorite contemporary composers are Stephen Paulus and Ola Gjeilo. The concert will feature Paulus’s haunting Hymn to the Eternal Flame, from his oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, composed in 2005 to commemorate the children lost in the Holocaust. Gjeilo’s works on the program include his recent setting of Ave Maria titled “Second Eve” and his Agnus Dei, subtitled “Phoenix.”
Free pre-concert lecture by music critic Dorothy Andries one hour before each performance.