Cantilena's "Northern Lights"
Presented by Cantilena at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington
December 6, 2009
Cantilena, a women’s chorale, will sing “Northern Lights: Luminous Music from Northern Europe” This is Cantilena’s first concert with new director Allegra Martin explores the rich and ever-expanding choral repertoire of Scandinavia, Russia and England. Where the winters are darkest, the composers shine! The concert highlights no less than six living Nordic composers, with a wide variety of themes and moods. From Norway, Hovland’s mysterious Laudate Dominum presents a contrast to Nystedt’s joyful Hosanna. From Sweden, Across the Bridge of Hope by Jan Sandström, is a plea for peace, from an award-winning poem written by a young boy killed a year later in the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. And from Finland, Cantilena sings Sallinen’s Songs of the Sea, Wessman’s Water Under Snow Is Weary, with flute and string accompaniment, and Rautavaara’s gripping Suite de Lorca.