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    The Spirit Is Still Speaking: Choral Music of the Modern Era

    Presented by at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

    March 20, 2010


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    The Spirit Is Still Speaking: Choral Music of the Modern Era

    Musica Sacra presents two world premières! Join us as we take a provocative look at how 21st century composers are exploring the concept of “sacred” in music. We’ll also take a glance back to Benjamin Britten to see how he conveyed the sacred (and profane!) at the end of his life. Hear a world première of Bring Heaven to Earth by Jan Sandström, commissioned to celebrate our 50th anniversary;...

    Musica Sacra presents two world premières! Join us as we take a provocative look at how 21st century composers are exploring the concept of “sacred” in music. We’ll also take a glance back to Benjamin Britten to see how he conveyed the sacred (and profane!) at the end of his life. Hear a world première of Bring Heaven to Earth by Jan Sandström, commissioned to celebrate our 50th anniversary; Britten’s Sacred and Profane, op. 91; Osnat Netzer’s Paths of Stone and Water; world première of Felicia Sandler’s Laus Trinitati, based on a chant by Hildegard von Bingen; and other music honoring the sacred.


    First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

    11 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    $15 - $40


    General Day and Time Info:

    8:00 PM


    phone: 617-349-3400


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    • Event Name: The Spirit Is Still Speaking: Choral Music of the Modern Era
      Article: Changing perceptions, changing the rules
      The Tech - Apr 09, 2010
      By Sudeep Agarwala

      "Now in completing its fiftieth year, it’s this type of programming that is educational both to audience member and musician alike — a...
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      "Now in completing its fiftieth year, it’s this type of programming that is educational both to audience member and musician alike — a challenging program to perform, certainly, conductor Mary Beekman’s musical choices also pushed the limits of the audience’s imagination and conception of what contemporary choral music is and can be."
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    • Event Name: The Spirit Is Still Speaking: Choral Music of the Modern Era
      Article: Musica Sacra Celebrates Two Anniversaries
      The Boston Musical Intelligencer - Mar 22, 2010
      By Geoffrey Wieting

      "Musica Sacra, as directed by Mary Beekman, demonstrates a host of musical virtues: minimal vibrato, allowing fine blend and clear harmonies;...
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      "Musica Sacra, as directed by Mary Beekman, demonstrates a host of musical virtues: minimal vibrato, allowing fine blend and clear harmonies; excellent intonation; superb dynamic control; precise rhythm; complete mastery of music and words, permitting singers to be in very frequent eye-contact with the conductor which in turn allows her considerable flexibility; and full awareness of the text and effective communication of it to the audience. Moreover, choral aficionados must be doubly grateful to Ms. Beekman and Musica Sacra for commissioning and being committed advocates of such fine new works as Laus Trinitati, Paths of Stone and Water, and Bring Heaven to Earth. It’s not every concert that I leave hoping to hear every piece on the program again."
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