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Classic(al) Latin Songs in St. Louis

Location: Missouri, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
As part of a season on the theme, "The Ancients Speak," the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus presents an all-Latin program on Sunday, 23rd March. Not so unusual, perhaps, until one learns that much of the Latin heard is not sacred, but by the Roman poets Catullus and Horace. The repertoire includes Antonín Tucapsky's Horatian cycle, In Honorem Vitae, and other settings of Horace by Randall Thompson and Zoltán Kodály. Catullus is represented through Mátyás Seiber, Carl Orff, Jacob Handl, and Iam Ver Egelidos, a new commission from Latvian composer, Ugis Praulins. Straddling the divide between sacred and secular are two versions of Veni, Dilecte Mi (The Song of Songs), set by Palestrina and Wolfram Buchenberg, and the concert concludes with the magnificent Stabat Mater, a previous commission for the SLCC by Stephen Paulus.
 
This program is sponsored by the classics and music departments of Washington University in St. Louis, and is performed at its 560 Music Building, in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall. Prior to the 3 pm performance, a Q & A session will be led by Professor Timothy Moore, chair of classics, and Philip Barnes, artistic director of the SLCC: this begins at 2:30 pm. For tickets, directions, and more information, visit the Chorus's website, www.chamberchorus.org.
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